TCHVA Homeport

Welcome Aboard the USS Thomas C. Hart (DE/FF-1092) Veterans Association’s homeport on the web!  We hope you enjoy your visit.  If you ever served aboard the TCH, we’d love for you to join us.  Everyone is welcome to look around and sign our Decklog (guestbook).  Association members are invited to visit the “Members Only Lounge” for posting comments and discussion items.  If you have photos or ideas for the site, please let us know!  If you’re a TCH vet, please be sure to “Muster” on the Sailing List page. 


25 April 2024: Planning for the next TCHVA Reunion continues. The dates for the event are 14 – 19 October 2025 (yes, next year). We will hold the reunion in Portland Maine where several other Navy organizations have held reunions with great success. We know this one will be a success as well as all our previous reunions.

As our previous event planner has retired from the business, we have contracted with a new event planner, Armed Forces Reunions, who specializes in military functions like our reunion. They will establish a secure registration website with a group specific web address that will allow attendees to either register online or download necessary forms to mail to the coordinator. They will also be working with our hotel to schedule and arrange for any tours or activities we plan for the event. Pricing and schedules for these tours will not be available until October 2024 at the earliest.

As for the hotel, we have contracted with Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland Maine. We have had members stay there in the past, as well as recently visit to check it out. Breakfast (buffet style) will be provided free of any additional charges each day either in the Hospitality Suite or in their breakfast room. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but there are plenty of dining options close to the hotel. We will have our banquet dinner in the Hospitality Room on Saturday 18 October 2025.

As of now, the hotel does not have vans for transportation to and from the airport, but have agreed to reimburse all guests for taxis to/from the airport. For folks driving their own vehicles to the hotel, there is ample free parking available.

So stay tuned for more information as we receive it, but please mark your calendars now for the TCHVA Reunion next year from 14 – 19 October 2025.

4 Jan 2024: Happy New Year to one and all!!! We at TCHVA wish you all enjoy a most happy and healthy 2024. That being said, the Membership List has been updated, and regrettably we had to remove the names of shipmates whose membership lapsed on 31 Dec 2023 and for whom our records indicate have not renewed that membership. So please consider returning aboard soonest and stay tuned for updated news and info about TCHVA and especially as plans for our TCHVA 2025 Reunion takes shape.

06 OCT 2023

Our website hosting was recently shifted to Dreamhost. Dreamhost provides our website hosting at no cost to the TCHVA, and we really appreciate their support!

If you have suggestions or encounter problems with the site, please contact the webmaster so the issue can be addressed. Thanks for the feedback!

We hope you enjoy your visit. Some of our pages on this site feature audio when you visit the page, so turn up your volume to enhance your experience. If you ever served aboard the TCH, we’d love for you to join us, so click on the “Join or Renew” tab for more information.

Everyone is welcome to look around and sign our Decklog (guestbook). Association members are invited to visit the “Members Only Lounge” for posting comments and discussion items. If you have photos or ideas for the site, please let us know! If you are a TCH vet, please be sure to “Muster” on the “Sailing List” page.

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Click to read history of “Ya Gotta Have Hart” phrase

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career.  And any man who would be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.”– John F. Kennedy