USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19 ASSOCIATION
From the Hannah News
President's Message - September 2014
Volume 28 - Number 2 - December - 2016
Can Do - Do Now!
Hello Shipmates, Associate Members,
As I'm writing this message, I'm looking out the window at the trees ablaze in vibrant yellows, reds and oranges.
It is the beginning of fall, my favorite season here in the Midwest. The mornings are cool and crisp and the days
are warm and clear. By the time this issue of the Hannah news is published, we will be in the onset of winter.
It is amazing how fast time passes as we get older.
I have been in contact with Chief Thomas Conway of the USS John Finn DDG 113. He said the USS John Finn will
be commissioned in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in mid-July 2017. Donna and I hope to attend this commissioning. We attended
the christening of the Finn in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in May 2015. It was a memorable event put on by the shipyard.
I am sure the upcoming commissioning will be just as noteworthy.
We did not have enough lead time to put the Pascagoula christening information in the Hannah News. I have no
idea how much lead time we will have to announce the exact date of upcoming commissioning or what the requirements
will be to attend this event. With this in mind, I request if you have an interest in attending the commissioning
in Hawaii next July, will you please send an email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) listing your email address and the
number of people in your party who plan to attend. As soon as I receive information on the exact date and requirements
regarding the commissioning, I will notify all who have expressed an interest in attending. Hawaii in July...sounds
like a great time. If you prefer to call, I can be reached at 816 213 3172 or by mail at:
Larry McCoy, 515 NW 64 St., Kansas City, Missouri 64118
Although the 2018 reunion is more than a year away, I want to share with you some pertinent information about
the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. This national historic landmark is located just
a few miles from our host hotel. The National World War I Museum and Memorial of the United States opened to the
public as the Liberty Memorial Museum in 1926. In 2004, the United States Congress designated it as America's official
museum dedicated to World War I. After a period of renovation and remodeling, the museum re-opened to the public
in December 2006. This expanded, award-winning facility exhibits an artifact collection that began in 1920. The
National World War I Museum tells the story of the Great War and related global events from their origins before
1914 through the 1918 Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Visitors enter the 32,000-square-foot facility
across a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 Red Poppies each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths. To learn
more about this amazing site go to https://www.theworldwar.org.
This museum will be one of our tours during the USS Hancock Association reunion in picturesque Kansas City.
Have a wonderful Christmas Season
Larry McCoy, President, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) Association
Edition added 14 December 2016