USS HANCOCK ASSOCIATION HISTORY
The Association Was Born...
In 1978, those who served on the Hannah gathered in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reunited for the first time,
and resulted in the founding of the USS Hancock Association by "plank owner", Edmund Orchowski.
The USS HANCOCK ASSOCIATION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to perpetuate the memory of "THE FIGHTING
HANNAH" as well as to organize reunions of ship's company, air group members, and our Marines, with a purpose
of renewing acquaintances, exchanging memories, and making new friends.
If you served aboard HANCOCK at any time from the date she was commissioned (1944) to the date she was decommissioned
in 1976, you are eligible to become a regular member.
Also if you are a family member of a Crewmember, you may join us as an Associate Member.
The 1980 reunion was held in Boston, 1982 in San Diego, 1984 in Charleston, South Carolina, 1986 in Chicago, 1988 in New Orleans, 1990 in Las Vegas, 1992 in Seattle, 1994 in Virginia Beach, 1996 in Corpus Christi, 1998 in New York, San Diego in 2000, New Orleans in 2002, San Francisco in 2004, Charleston in 2006, San Diego in 2008, Washington D.C. in 2010, Chicago in 2012 and our next reunion will be held in Jacksonville, Florida in 2014. We're all looking forward to it!
We attempt to hold our reunions in different geographical areas to equalize travel costs as much as possible.
In addition, interim mini-reunions are held by various divisions and groups. See the Reunion Information page.
As a member of the Hancock Association, you will be eligible not only to attend reunions but also to receive
the HANNAH NEWS, our Association newsletter, which is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.
Our dues, the largest part of which goes into the publishing and mailing of our newsletter, are $20.00. The $20
covers up to two years, adjusted to make your membership end on Aug. 1. Subsequently the $20 covers a two-year
period from Aug 1 to Aug. 1.
- Revised 13 Oct 2012