USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19 ASSOCIATION
From the Hannah News
President's Message - September 2014
Volume 29 - Number 1- September - 2017
Can Do - Do Now!
Hello Shipmates, Associate Members,
Thirty four members of the USS Hancock Association traveled to Hawaii in July to experience the commissioning
of the USS John Finn DDG-113. It was an amazing occasion. The members of the Hancock Association were designated
as "distinguished guests" at the commissioning. Lt. Tyler Barker, communications department of the Finn,
was the Hancock's liaison officer for the events surrounding the commissioning.
On Wednesday July 12, Lt. Barker arranged for us to enjoy a two- hour tour of the USS John Finn. During the
tour, we saw the bust of John in the chow hall. We all felt a special pride as we viewed it-our Association contributed
to the design of that bust that was designed and commissioned by the Naval Order. We also saw the Finn's 5-inch
gun affectionately named "Alice" after John's wife. Our two WW II vets, Tony Arnfelt and Ed Taylor, walked
every inch of the ship's tour and zipped up and down the ladders as if they were 20-year- old sailors again.
During the evening reception before the commissioning, our Association presented the Captain of the Finn, Commander
Michael J Wagner, with a plaque commemorating the commissioning of his ship and John's connection with the Hancock
Association. (See presentation and speech on page 6 of the Hannah News).
At that reception and the commissioning, we met a number of John's relatives. Approximately 50 of them attended
the events. The sponsor of the USS John Finn, Laura Stavridis, was the last speaker at the commissioning. When
she said "Officers and crew of USS John Finn, man our ship and bring her to life", the entire crowd of
3000 plus arose and cheered. It was a thrilling experience to watch the crew run from the pier onto the ship and
man the rails.
While at Punchbowl National Cemetery, I saw a number of military plaques on large granite stones along the memorial
path. I am in the process of determining the cost of placing a USS Hancock plaque along this walkway "To perpetuate
the memory of the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 and all personnel that served aboard her."
We plan to have a photo album of this memorable event at the May 2018 reunion in Kansas City. The entire commissioning
ceremony, a little over an hour long, is on YouTube under "Adm. Harris attends USS John Finn commissioning
ceremony" and is provided below.
Fair Winds and Following Seas-
Larry McCoy President USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) Association
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) Association.
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