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11 February 2018: Please take a moment to check the Ditty Bag link.  We have added a number of new items, including 8 TC Hart Familygrams from 1975-1985, as well as the 14 April 197 Change of Command program when CDR John Bennett relieved CDR John Rohrbough.  Again, if you come across any of these old momentos, and would like to share them to members on the web site, just forward to me at (.pdf preferred - actually easier for the web site).  As long as we have space on the site, I'll load 'em up.  Thanks!!!  

17 January 2018:  Please take a moment to check out a new link in the Related Links tab to the left that provides a link to a website that provides info on locating military unit histories and individual service records of discharged, retired and deceased military personnel.  This guide also provides info on locating and replacing military awards and medals.  It includes contact info for military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and bibliographies of other related publications.  

30 December 2017:  On behalf of the entire TCHVA Board and each of you members, we'd like to wish all a very Happy and, more importantly, a most Healthy New Year for 2018.  Please continue to reach out to former shipmates and ask them to check into this website or our Thomas C Hart Facebook page to reconnect and join our association.  Already counting down towards June 2019 and our next TCHVA reunion in Rapid City, SD! 

24 September 2017:  Please check out the latest TCHVA Newsletter!  It's the September 2017 edition and you can view it by selecting the Newsletters link on the left side of this page.  Older editions of the TCHVA Newsletters are also available as well.  Great job by Dave Neimeyer in putting these Newsletters together and getting them out via this site, by email and posting on the Thomas C Hart Facebook page. 

1 August 2017:  The votes are in, and the attendees of the 2017 TCHVA Reunion in Minneapolis, MN have voted for Rapid City SD as the site for our 2019 Reunion.

Check out the Reunion 2019 Planning page on occasion to see if there are any updates.  Still early in the game, but we hope to make Rapid City SD as enjoyable as the other great cities and venues of  past reunions. 

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 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 FOR 2 FULL YEARS!  Click the "Join TCHVA" page on the left or click the link below!  


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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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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.  


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
TCH transits Germany's Keil Canal enroute "Kieler Woche"
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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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Report Deceased Shipmates here

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USS Thomas C Hart (FF 1092)