There was one ENCOUNTER Hancock will not forget with Kawishiwi
Though starting to show here age Hancock was still impressive and could put on a first class air show. She was the last Essex Class carrier in the pacific to have piston aircraft. Kawishiwi was one oiler certified to deliver AVGAS. Most oilers could deliver only JP-5 at that time.
See Pass used by Kawishiwi crew member
1945 from USS Talyga A0-62
AWARD TO KAWISHIWI
This picture was taken after "Swift 2-2" landed on the USS Hancock (CV-19) after rescuing Major Kean and his 10 Marine Security forces from the roof top of the American embassy in Saigon. Major Kean and his men were dropped off on the USS Okinawa. from popasmoke.com
Last Landing, Swift 2-2 See: Take off
| If any of you remember this - you will be
proud to know that my brother-in-law, GnySgt Ernie Pace was in that
last Chopper and more than likely is in that group shot. Ernie is now
gone but his memory for all of us, here at "Jake's Landing", remains.
See some background on his and his Crew's final
You can understand why the photo was so important to me; I have written Dallas Miley who took that photo. He is a Hancock Association Member. Thank you Dallas for this photo that will burn forever in my memory. Ernie died from complications of Agent Orang in 2001 and is buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN. May he rest in Eternal peace!