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29 November 2016:  Check out the new Winter 2016 TCHVA Newsletter at the Newsletters link as well as the latest on 2017 Reunion Planning to the left!

6 July 2016:  Thanks to TCHVA member Jimmy Wilkerson (MMC 73-75) we have an article on TC HART that was published in the May 1974 edition of CINCLANTCFLT's magazine called Cruiser-Destroyerman.  The article is titled "T.C. Hart extends a hand to shipyard workers" and describes the relationship between TCH crew and yard workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard following a post-skakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  You will find a link to this article at the The Ship link in the site Navigation Bar to the left.  Interesting read and you may recognize some of the Hart sailors pictured.  I apologize for the quality of the images, but I did my best Sir!  Big thanks to Chief Wilkerson for sharing this momento.  We'll have the copy available for viewing at the June 2017 Reunion in Minneapolis, MN.  Please come and check it out.

4 June 2016:  The 2017 TCHVA Reunion will be Tuesday 6 June 2017 to Sunday 11 June 2017.   We are planning for the Reunion banquet for that Saturday, 10 June 2017, at our hotel, the Best Western Plus in Bloomington, MN (across the road from the Mall of America).  Randy Groen is the event lead coordinator, and anyone interested in helping Randy plan for, and conduct, this great event should contact him directly.

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 contact them. 
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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

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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) 

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 JOIN or RENEW NOW.  YOUR $20 MEMBERSHIP FEE WILL PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES THRU 2017!  Click the "Join TCHVA" page on the left or click the link below!  

CLICK TO JOIN TCHVA NOW!

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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.  

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"YA GOTTA HAVE HART"

Where did the phrase "Ya Gotta Have Hart" originate? Click here to find out!

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Attention TCHVA Members! - Has your email address or other personal information changed?  If so, please report it here so we can update our records.  

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Click here to email Secretary about your dues status!

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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

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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!

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Photo courtesy of Capt Dick Whalen
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TCH transits Germany's Keil Canal enroute "Kieler Woche"
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Do you know about the "Golden Thirteen"? Click here to find out more about the men whose commissioning was truly historic!

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All Hands (TCH Vets Only) - Click the "Yellow Banner" below to visit the Ship's Office so you can add your name to the Master Sailing List for TCH!
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Please take a few moments to read the below poems:  I think you'll identify with the themes!  They do bring back memories!

Click to read the "Grey Destroyer Crew" Poem

Click to read "I was a Sailor Once"

Interested in a small scale model of the TCH? Patrick Burke submitted this for your consideration! Click here to view the model.

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AWOL Shipmates Wanted!

Capt Joe Callahan Capt USN is searching for TCH CO Capt John F. Bennett Jr.  If anyone has any info on Capt Bennett, please contact Capt Callahan at homeport@visuallink.comDave Miller (XO 80-81) is searching for Hugh Blomeke (CHENG), Larry Brown (WEPS), & Ray Pilcher (OPS).  If anyone has any info these folks, give Dave a yell (his email address is in the Members Only Sailing List).
TCHVA plankowner, OS2 David Nusbaum (83-87), is searching for Dirk Ness and Xavier Castro.  Dirk & Xavier, if you read this, click the link at the bottom of the page and let us know your whereabouts.  I know Dave would be thrilled! 

Report Deceased Shipmates here

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