|R/V PETREL DISCOVERS NAMESAKE USS HORNET (CV-8)
USS Hornet (CV-8) Launched Doolittle Raid and was lost at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
ALAMEDA, CA - The crew of the Research Vessel Petrel, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, announced today that they have discovered the remains of the USS Hornet (CV-8), just east of the Solomon Islands, on the bottom of the Pacific, about three miles down. The discovery was featured this morning on the CBS This Morning.
The USS Hornet (CV-8) was catapulted into the forefront of U.S. Navy history on April 18, 1942 when sixteen B-25 "Mitchell" aircraft were launched from the carrier's deck and led a daring attack by then Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. The attack was the first to strike the Japanese mainland and proved to be a huge morale booster for Allied forces. Following the Doolittle Raid, Hornet (CV-8) was key participant in the Battle of Midway on June 4-7, 1942, which many naval historians consider the turning point in the War in the Pacific.
On October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Hornet (CV-8) received several direct hits from enemy aircraft, USS Hornet (CV-8) was mortally wounded and eventually sunk.
As a tribute to and in honor of Hornet (CV-8), the USS Kearsage, her keel had been laid just eight weeks before on August 3, 1942, was renamed USS Hornet (CV-12) and commissioned on November 29, 1943.
"It is wonderful to know that our predecessor, USS Hornet (CV-8), has been discovered after all of these years," said USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Executive Director Michael McCarron. "'Hornet' is one of the most decorated and hallowed names in U.S. naval history. We are humbled to share that name with CV-8 and honor and remember the brave men who served and made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in CV-8."
The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum currently has exhibit about CV-8 on the Hangar Deck of the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to see firsthand the story of USS Hornet (CV-8) when they visit the Museum.
Here are a few links to the story:
CBS News Search
CBS News Discovered
The two addresses for this site are
These are the two patches that my father (Ray Miles)
had while serving on board the U.S.S. HORNET CVA-12 from 1954 to October 1957.
The patch on the left is the ship's patch, and on the right is the patch for
the "GAS GANG", V-4 Division, Purple Shirts, they are the people that refuel the aircraft. |
Click on either patch to see a larger image.
The Navy has donated the HORNET to the Aircraft Carrier HORNET Foundation for use as a museum.
She is currently moored at ex-NAS Alameda (now Alameda Point) pier 3, and is open to the public for tours.
Check out the "OFFICIAL" USS HORNET MUSEUM'S web site at http://www.uss-hornet.org |
|If you served on the USS HORNET please join the|
|USS HORNET ASSOCIATION, INC.|
|Please visit the USS HORNET Association's web site at http://usshornetassn.com/|
Join us for our next reunion.
18 - 22 July 2019 Oakland, CA
72nd Reunion September 2020 Buffalo, NY - Lyn and Carla Svendsen Presidents.
73rd Reunion September 2021 San Diego, CA - George Lipphardt President
Contact: Sandy Burket, Secretary
New Ship Named HORNET???
There is a new class of ship being made, it is the Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA-R) amphibious assault ship, and we would like to have one of these ships named the Hornet.
Please contact your congressman and senators with your request to name one of these ships HORNET.
Here is a letter that you can send to help us get a new HORNET.
The following link is an article about this new class ship.
The Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA-R) amphibious assault ship
If you need any more information, please contact Stu Kerr email@example.com or Rolf Sabye firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a snipit of the USS HORNET training video for the Apollo missions.|
Hornet Museum Needs Information
| Chuck Myers a docent on the Hornet is looking for anyone knowlegeable in the ASCAC space on the 02 level. This space has recently been restored and Chuck would like to talk to anyone that has knolege of this pace.
Chuck can be reackhed at email@example.com
|Check out Dave Schubert's VT-17 website.|
|Friday March 6, Captain Chris Lamb, Hornet Executive Officer during the Apollo 11 recovery operation, passed away from complications due to heart surgery. People can find out more information from Rolf Sabye (firstname.lastname@example.org).|
|A new book will be released in late March that documents Hornet's role in the Apollo 11 splashdown & recovery in great detail. Its called Hornet Plus Three and was written by Bob Fish, a Trustee of the USS Hornet Museum. It contains insightful information from a number of participants including RADM Carl Seiberlich, Hornet's CO at that time. For a few months, it will only be sold via the USS Hornet Museum store and then will be available thru other book outlets. More info at www.uss-hornet.org|
Apollo 11 and 12
Ray Holt is looking for any crewmembers that have stories about the Apollo 11 and 12 recovery missions. Ray is also looking to document any crew members who took, were given or traded pieces of the outer foil skin of the spacecraft or pieces of the heat shield.
|It was very common for the NASA crew, who secured the Apollo spacecraft, to trade with crew members for a piece of the Apollo spacecraft. This is a subject that has never been approached or talked about and I'm trying to determine the source material for many supposedly flown artifacts from all of the Apollo missions.|
|Please contact Ray Holt at email@example.com|
If you have any USS HORNET Ghost Stories please send them in for inclusion on this site.
|You can dispose of your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags without any charge to you whatsoever. Please send your flags to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866 and we will dispose of your flags in a proper and dignified manner with full honors pursuant to the United States Code. http://www.kitchentablegang.org|
Cold War Recognition Certificates:
To all Veterans, or loved ones of Veterans, or if you know a Veteran:
The Congress has authorized the Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, to award
Certificates of Recognition for service in the Armed Forces during the Cold War.
If you or someone you know served in the Armed Forces anytime during the period
2 Sep 45 to 26 Dec 91, that person is eligible to receive this certificate.
There are only two requirements for this certificate: 1) Service in the Armed Forces
during the eligible period, and 2) an honorable or general under honorable conditions
To receive this award, you must submit an application letter and proof of service. Application may be made by snail-mail, or by FAX or mail. For more information, please see the Cold War Certificate home page at Cold War Certificate
Cold War Recognition, Hoffmann II
Attn: AHRC-CWRS, 3N45
200 Stovall St.
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|Thank you for your service to this country.|
Check out the book
USS HORNET CV-12 CVA-12 CVS-12 A Pictorial History
by Chuck Self
|WANTED!! I am looking
for a Master At Arms (metal) breast badge from U.S.S. HORNET CVA-12 and
CVS-12. If you know of an authentic one, (not
a reproduction) Please E-Mail me with the info. I also would
like to obtain any cruise books, as well as any other information, dates,
drawings, ceremony programs, pictures, deck logs, crew lists, etc. anything
pertaining to the HORNET would be greatly appreciated. Any items sent
to me will be copied and returned ASAP.|
(mail code) 332-92
Pasadena, CA 91125
|I'd like to hear any stories you might have about your experience on board HORNET, and I will add them to the "Crew Stories Page" Also checkout the Crew Members Page for an ever growing list of former HORNET Crew Members.|
Please drop me an E-Mail drmiles at caltech dot edu I am always willing to talk about HORNET.
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