USS Hornet CV-8
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Jan. 28, 2017

USS Hornet (CV-8, CV, CVA, CVS-12) 69th Reunion
All Ship's Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and Families Welcomed. Families are invited to take a more active role in running of the Association.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Dates: Sept. 13-17, 2017
Hotel: Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel
8801 NW 112th St.
Kansas City, MO, 64153
(816) 891-8900

Contact: Sandy Burket, Secretary
PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673-9817
(814) 224-5063

Web Site: /
USS Hornet Museum: /
*Must be a Member to receive the room block rate*

Respectfully, James E. Hill, Sr.
USS Hornet Association, Inc.
Publicity Coordinator

"Fair Winds and Following Seas." "God Bless the United
States of America"

Oct. 7, 2016

My grandfather, Jasper A. Browning, was a machine gunner in a SBD Dive Bomber on the Hornet the day Doolittle took off. After Doolittle took off, my grandfather took off to strafe the Japanese ships that found them. When they returned to land, they hit the fan tail and crashed into the sea. My grandfather and his pilot were rescued and transferred back to the Hornet. My grandfather has always wondered if there is any film of this crash. I can get the pilot's name if needed. Please let me know. My grandfather is 96 and has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Thank you,
Rob Larson
Tucson, Arizona

Jan 21, 2016

This is a picture of my grandfather Bowman McNulty. He was aboard the USS Hornet when it sank. After his military service he became a merchant marine.


Jan. 8, 2016

USS Hornet (CV-8, CV, CVA, CVS-12) 68th Reunion
All Ship's Company, Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and
Families Welcomed.
Location: Portland, OR
Dates: Sept. 13-18, 2016
Hotel: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR, 97220
(503) 281-2500
Contact: Sandy Burket, Secretary
PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673-9817
(814) 224-5063 or
Web Site: /
USS Hornet Museum: /
*Must be a Member to receive the room block rate*

Respectfully, James E. Hill, Sr.
USS Hornet Association, Inc.
Publicity Coordinator


Apr. 21, 2015

As you can see Don Kemp (Hornet CV-8 From the day it was built to day it was sunk) has made it to 95. His children have put together a birthday party for him. As husband to one of his daughters I sometimes promote Don. If any one could send him some kind of letter thanking him for his service, it would be outstanding.


Feb. 9, 2015

USS Hornet (CV-8, CV, CVA, CVS-12) 67th Reunion
Dates: September 9-13, 2014
Service: U.S. Navy / Marines
Location: Location: Lexington, KY
Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511, (859) 233-0512
POC: Carl & Sandy Burket, Secretary
Address: PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 1667
Telephone: (814) 224-5063 or E-mail:
USS Hornet Association, Inc. Web Site: /
All Ship's Company, Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and their
Families Welcomed.
(Download Reunion Form PDF)

James E. Hill Sr.


Nov. 10, 2014

My father is very ill and I am trying to find a photograph for him of his brother, Robert Maurice Smith, Aviation Ordnance Man 3rd Class, who served on the Hornet from 1940-1942. He said his mother had a photo showing Bob standing behind the Secretary of the Navy or the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the commissioning ceremony in Virginia or in Pearl Harbor before it left for real duty. He supposedly was acting as his aid while he was aboard ship. He would dearly love to get this photo of Bob. I would love to get it for him too. If you have any ideas of where I might possibly find such a thing I would really appreciate it. I have checked all your photos online. I've also asked the Library of Congress for help, but I'm not sure where else to look. Thank you in advance for any help you might provide.

Kathleen Doyle

Apr. 8, 2014

My Dad, Harold McClung, who was a member of the commissioning crew and survived the sinking of the Hornet, died on Apr. 6, 2014 peacefully in his sleep. He suffered from congestive heart failure. He was 93 years old. He is going to be buried in the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. He will be buried beside my Mom with his believed Hornet cap.

Thank you,
Jane Mika

Feb. 24, 2014

On the honor roll site for the Hornet you have my husbands uncle listed, Donald Quick, we have info on Donald as follows. Gunner's Mate 2nd Class in the US Navy from  February 1941 to November 1942 he served with the Navy Air Force on the aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Solomons. He was a rear Gunner on the U.S.S. Hornet. Donald lost his life when the U.S.S. Hornet sank at Solomons  Planes ordered to land on the Enterprise, but Donald's plane never arrived.  It was presumed shot down in November 1942. He received a Purple Heart posthumously and the South Pacific and American Defense awards. his brother, Edward Quick, served on the Hornet at the same time, but he survived. Any other info or picture would be appreciated.

Audrey Quick

Jan. 25, 2014


Sept. 1, 2013

There is a national movement afoot to have the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The USS Hornet Museum is trying to rouse wide spread public support for this CGM effort while some of the Raiders are still living! The Museum has submitted Letters of Support for this effort to Doolittle Raiders Association Sergeant at Arms Brian Anderson ( Feel free to contact him (or myself) for more information.

Bob Fish
Trustee USS Hornet Museum

May 30, 2013

Just a note to pass along on looking at pictures of USS Hornet CV-8 on your nice website.  On page 17 of the Hornet's pictures, in the fourth picture down, taken from USS Russell DD-414, it appears several Hornet crew members along the port edge of the deck, in or above the 20MM guns, are wearing the WWI style helmet.  I was surprised to see that.
(USS Hornet CV-8 Photo Gallery Page 17)

Terrence G. Popravak Jr.
Vancouver, Washington, USA

Jan. 23, 2013

USS Hornet Association, Inc.

September 25-29, 2013

Reunion Name: USS Hornet (CV-8, CV, CVA, CVS-12) 65th Reunion

Service: U.S. Navy / Marines

Location: Providence, RI

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI, 02886-, (401) 732-6000, (800) 227-6963

POC: Carl & Sandy Burket, Secretary

Address: PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673-

Telephone: (814) 224-5063 Fax: (814) 224-0078


Web Site:

All Ship's Company, Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and their Families Welcomed.

USS Hornet Museum:

"God Bless the United States of America"

Confirmation Requested.

Thank You.

James E. Hill, Sr.


Feb. 17, 2012

For information on the 2012 Hornet/Mustin Reunion please download The Messenger Feb. 2012 edition. Or contact Fred Branyan at

The Messenger

Fred Branyan

Aug. 5, 2011

My grandfather was stationed on the USS Hornet. His name was Owen Gentry, I believe he went by the nickname Speed or Speedy he was from Louisiana. He past several years before I was born. I was wondering if any of the members of this blog would remember him or have any stories to share.

Thank you,

July 14, 2011

My father is Irvin Cohen. He is now sick and may not recover. During our 56 years together, he never spoke about his wartime experiences. I have unfortunately waited until now to try and find out what happened. He served on the Hornet, and I am to understand he was at the Battle of Midway. Is there any way of finding out if he was there, what he did, if anyone knew him, and so on. 

I will add that reading the websites associated with this incredible history has humbled me. How little most of us know as we now lose the last of those great men saddens me. He never would speak of it, no matter how we prodded. I chose to leave it alone. If you can help me, I would appreciate it. I am going through his things now to see if I can find anything. Thank you for your help, and for the service you have given.

Harley Cohen

Apr. 14, 2011

I was looking for information on my granddad's brother and came across your site. Thank you for the Roll of Honor and the respectful presentation of these brave heroes who gave themselves for our nation. My family hero, Owens Alderman Whetstone, Jr., has been a reminder to our family of the sacrifices that built our nation and I will certainly point my family members to the MaritimeQuest site. 

Thank you again,
Kenneth Whetstone
Columbia, South Carolina

Apr. 10, 2011

My dad, Michael Chomyj, was assigned to the boiler room on the USS Hornet CV-8 when it was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz.  I'm sorry I didn't know about the Doolittle reunion earlier. I just found this site tonight.  My dad is 88 years old on April 14th and is in the Veteran's Home in Paramus, NJ. He is in early stages of Alzheimer's but can recall everything about the Hornet and WW2 like it was yesterday. Is there going to be a Hornet CV-8 reunion in the near future?

Debra Chomyj Slamiak

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