USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19 ASSOCIATION
From the Hannah News
President's Message - September 2014
Volume 30 - Number 1- Sept - 2018
Can Do - Do Now!
Hello Shipmates and Associate Members:
After having a great time at the Kansas City, MO, reunion (as I have had at all of them the past 12 years), my
wife asked -- why do we have reunions after all these years? And why are military gatherings primarily among the
NAVY? I also spent time in the Air Force during my military career; many of us served in other branches of service.
I believe the NAVY has more reunions because we not only lived together in close quarters, but we took our base
with us, unlike say the Air Force. Our Base was our home both in the states and on deployment. In the military,
we formed a bond unlike that on most jobs except perhaps as policemen or firefighters. Your life depends on the
guy next to you and his on yours. That is what we call "Band of Brothers." It is hard to explain to someone
who has never served. Your life depends on your shipmates even if you are an office worker, ammo handler, boiler
tender. You live on a floating bomb, a piece of steel that does not look as if it should float. We all did our
jobs and pulled as a team.
We worked long hard hours at mundane jobs, missed meals, and griped, but we loved it. We were young then, and in
the military is where a lot of us "Grew Up." I don't believe there was a guy that served on the USS Hancock
that did not improve his life by living through that experience. Some went on to greatness; others simply went
on with their lives. We all shared that experience as Brothers. I believe a true measure of a man is how he has
treated others along the way. It's not his wealth or accomplishments. All my shipmates to me are equal, and I think
of each as "My Brother."
As we age, attending reunions brings back memories, some good, some atrocious. It helps us remember WE lived during
a historic time and took part in creating that history. We bring our wives and family to reunions because we are
proud of what we did and want to share it with them. We tell "War Stories" or "Do you
remember the time" stories because that is who we are. We have heard the stories a hundred times but still
listen. The friends we made then, and those whom we meet at the reunions impact the rest of our lives.
My membership in the USS Hancock Association has been one of the celebrated pleasures in my life. I would like
to challenge all members to invite former shipmates to join us in continuing this great tradition.
You have been my shipmates; that in itself is a tremendous thing.
Fair Winds and Following Seas
Dennis Flynn, President, USS Hancock (CV-CVA-19 Association
Edition added 30 Sept 2018 (Sent out Late)
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