March 2020: On behalf of the TCHVA Board of Directors, we send our prayers and best wishes to all during this
very challenging time for our nation with the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope you are taking all the necessary precautions
and playing it safe to avoid becoming a victim or possibly infecting others. Hopefully this will all pass very soon
and we can all return to our normal routines and lifestyles.
2020: Please note that we are updating our Member
Listing page, and folks whose membership expired in 2019 will have their names removed on 31 March 2020 unless you renew your
membership (only $20.00 for 2 years!). We'd certainly welcome your renewal to keep our TCHVA going strong and charging
headlong into our planning for our TCHVA Reunion 22-27 June 2021 in Reston, VA (just outside Washington DC).
2020: Please note that CAPT Skip MacMichael's burial
at Arlington National Cemetary has been rescheduled to Friday, 10 July 2020 at 0900. Jo (Skip's spouse) is also working
to reschedule the brunch following the service at the FT Meyer Club as well. As we receive any additional info we will
pass that along as well.
January 2020: Wishing you all a most HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!!
16 December 2019: Please check out the latest Newsletter as well as the updated list
of donors to the TC HART commemorative plaque fund drive by clicking on the corresponding links on the left side of this page.
December 2019: We have met our goal of $3000.00 in donations for our Thomas C Hart Commemorative Plaque to be posted
in the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. Thank you so much for your generosity and please stay tuned for more info on this
effort as we proceed to the planning and design phase.
2019: We have updated the TCHVA "Join TCHVA!"
page and you can once again pay via PayPal. We have been working diligently with banks, PayPal and our past and current
Treasurers to ensure a smooth transition, and more importantly that your payment will go to the correct account.
We appreciate your patience during this transition.
8 July 2019: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of
one of our former TCH Commanding Officers and steadfast supporter of TCHVA CAPT John (Skip) MacMichael. Skip passed
away peacefully on 4 July 2019 with his wife Jo at his side. His obituary is available and is posted in the Eternal
Deployment page. Our thoughts and prayers go with Jo and the rest of the MacMichael family on his passing.
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!
|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"
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!