2017: We just completed a fantastic TCHVA Reunion
in beautiful Minneapolis - St Paul MN from 6 - 11 June 2017. Our hotel in Bloomington, MN, was the Best Western Mall
of America and provided us great accomodations, a free Hospitality Suite that served as a private space for shipmates
and families/friends to gather and swap stories, prep for our tours, discuss the days' events, enjoy refreshments, munchies
(pls feel free to contact Randy Groen for his grandma's chocolate chip cookie recipe!), look at the memoribilia and Ship Store
items, visit the Mall of America (a short 10 minute walk) and simply kick back. Randy did a superb job with our itinerary,
topped off by our banquet on Saturday evening. Some pictures are in the Photos
page (link to the left).
what's next? Well, we start our planning for our 2019 Reunion, of course. We looked at almost 15 different sites,
spanning the US from Boston/Cape Cod down through Norfolk to Atlanta, through Dallas/San Antonio and Austin Tx, westward through
Prescott/Tuscon AZ, then San Diego up to Seattle and back across to Rapid City SD. We also considered a cruise.
Many of these sites came from our newly formed TCHVA Auxiliary, composed of spouses, other family members and significant
others who are interested in being a part of and contributing to the growth and energy of our association. In the
end we narrowed our focus to 3 candidate cities: Atlanta GA, Prescott AZ, and Rapid City SD. As in the past we
have a member (acting as a site advocate) pulling together info and "things to do" for each site, as well as a professional
event planner (as a neutral party) putting together some estimates and recommendations for each site. We will then
take all this info and distribute to the TCHVA Reunion attendees in MN to take a vote. We hope to wrap up this effort
in next few months.
If you didn't
attend our Reunion this year, but would like to have an input on one of these three locations, please pass that along to any
board member using the Contact Us link below, or contact one of your shipmates who attended the Reunion. One of the
benefits of attending the Reunion is being part of selecting the site for the next one.
Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to the decision. And again, check out our Group on Facebook at USS Thomas C Hart FF-1092.
|Group Photo on Minnesota Capitol Steps
30 April 2017: Check out the Newsletter link on the left side of this
page to read the Current (May 2017) TCHVA Newsletter. It is also available on the TCH Facebook page as well.
In general, this page is where we'll list announcements, items of interest, and news about shipmates. If you'd like to post information
here, please click the link and let us know. Also, more importantly, if you know the whereabouts or how to contact other
TCH shipmates who aren't TCHVA members or registered on our sailing list, please submit that information as well so we may
Welcome shipmates. If you would like to share your
contact information with our TCHVA members, please complete the form below. This information will not ever be made public
or shared with any non-TCHVA member. By providing your contact information, we will incorporate the information in our
master TCHVA database to which TCHVA members have access. Thanks
As the founder,
past President, and current Secretary of TCHVA, I'd like to thank everyone who has helped build the Association! The
membership has grown and we continue to grow! Those of you who are visiting the site for the first time searching
for shipmates or glimpses of the past, I'd urge you to consider joining the Association and above all, attending the upcoming
Newport reunion! Unless you have attended a reunion, you just can't imagine the feeling when you are suddenly face to
face with your shipmates from decades ago! The memories of foreign ports, liberty adventures, the faces of shipmates,
and much more all come flooding back to your mind!
When I started TCHVA years ago as a labor of love, I did so because my
days on TCH were some the best of my 22 year career! TCH was a great ship; we had great leaders in our CO's, a hard
working and superbly talented crew, and one heck of a lot of fun! Naturally, there were times we'd all like to forget
as well but when the "big picture" is considered - TCH stands out as one great tour! As you may know
the TCH is now in the hands of the Turks, and some say, she is destined for scrapping soon. While that would be unfortunate,
we who sailed her know that the ship is just a mechanical "thing". A ship can do NOTHING without a crew. What really gives life and spirit to a ship is the crew that puts her
to sea! You were the very "HEART" OF HART. It is that "HEART" that we gather to celebrate and remember.
It is all about you - the crew of TCH! Godspeed!
Garry Collins (Suppo 86-89)
or RENEW NOW. YOUR $20 MEMBERSHIP FEE WILL PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2 FULL YEARS! Click the "Join TCHVA"
page on the left or click the link below!
CLICK TO JOIN TCHVA NOW!
|Submitted by Kerry Long
Commissioning day VIP's: RADM Rumble, First District Commandant, Congressman Joe Moakley, Penny Hart Bragonier,
LCDR Ronald Forst, and Caroline Brownson Hart, Penny's mother and widow of Admiral Hart.
"YA GOTTA HAVE HART"
Where did the phrase "Ya Gotta Have Hart" originate? Click here to find out!
Attention TCHVA Members! - Has your email address or other personal
information changed? If so, please report it here so we can update our records.
Click here to email Secretary about your dues status!
Captain F. Richard "Dick" Whalen,
USN (ret), CO (81 - 83) is also an accomplished artist, specializing in marine art. Click the below links to learn more
about Captain Whalen and his art!
Click to read about CAPT Whalen's art!
Click to see CAPT Whalen's Ad
Tommy Sexton has found some interesting
reflections. Click the "Navy Experience" link below to bring back some shared memories of
your Navy LIfe.
The Navy Experience!
|Photo courtesy of Capt Dick Whalen
|TCH transits Germany's Keil Canal enroute "Kieler Woche"
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