USS Constellation CVA-64 / CV-64
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Apr. 10, 2022

USS Hornet and USS Constellation Joint Reunion (CV-8, CV/CVA/CVS-12) and (CVA/CV-64)
All Ship's Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and Families Welcomed.
Location: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
Dates: Sept. 12-17, 2022
Millennium Hotel Buffalo
2040 Walden Ave., Buffalo, NY, 14225-, (716) 681-2400
Hornet Contact: Sandy Burket, Secretary
PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA  16673-9817
(814) 224-5063, cell: (814) 312-4976, email:
Hornet Web Site:
USS Constellation Website:
Contact: Capt. Sidney D. Rodgers, Secretary/Treasurer
Cell: (703) 864-4548,
*Must be a Member of Hornet or Constellation to receive the room block rate*
(Click here to download 2022 Reunion Notice PDF)
Aug. 9, 2021

See below for details of the 2021 USS Hornet & USS Constellation Joint Reunion.

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


Sept. 20, 2017

Served the Engineering Dept. in the "Generator Gang" (1 Aux) from 1976 to 1980. Life was hard for a "snipe", but pivotal in my life. Skills and discipline gained have provided an outstanding living for myself and my family, over the years. We kept your lights on! Made 3 WestPac's and made lots of friends. Only one that has stayed in contact is Carl Clements (2 Aux). I have an assortment of souvenirs from my time on-board: cruise-books, patches, photos, pins, likely Filipino children (and probably grand kids!)...if you were there, you know what I'm talking about. What a time to be young and single!

Calvin Esau (MM3)

The "Auxiliary Gang" seen in a bar in the Philippines in 1977.

Nov. 27, 2016

Southern EMR/International Shipbreaking Ltd. is an International Scrap Metal business. We are in the process of cutting up for Scrap the Connie in Brownsville, TX. We have produced a Connie-Challenge Coin (showing below) out of Copper material from the Connie minted in the State of Washington. We are sure sailors that have Served on the Constellation would like the opportunity to purchase these coins from the actual copper of the Carrier.

We are currently selling the USS Constellation coins on the International Shipbreaking Limited e-bay store.

Sam Zurik
Vice President/Purchasing
Southern Recycling-EMR


Feb. 12, 2015

My Husband served 1971-1974 on the U.S.S. Constellation and was attacked during a race riot. Ironically enough, the V.A. has no records of him being in sick bay for back injuries, as he was kicked down the escalator. And San Diego lost his file. Is there anyway, anyone knows where records of this can be found?

Kathy Vinet

Mar. 31, 2013

I was on the Connie from January 1972 until January 74.  Did two Westpacs on her. I was an E-5 electrician, and worked in catapults and elevators, MM spaces, and had flight deck lighting for a short period. I was assigned to the ship's Master at Arms during the Navy Race Riots in 73.  I was on the Connie when Cunningham and Driscoll became the first US Aces of the Viet Nam war.  I have a photo of their Phantom before it was shot down into the gulf on that last air mission when they shot down 3 mig's within a few minutes.  Too bad about Cunningham.  I have a lot of photos. Thanks for posting all the Connie photos.  She was a good ship, and she had a great crew, including the officers.

Monty King


Dec. 1, 2011

My brother, Joe L. Duke, Jr. was on the original crew of the Constellation CVA-64 and he was a musician and singer. He organized a band on board the Connie. Until we moved, I had an article with photo from the DeKalb New Era (I think) of him playing music on the ship. The newspaper has since "gone under" and I have been unable to replace this precious piece of our family history. Would you have any suggestions as to where I might find a replacement of the photo. I'm sure the Navy sent it but that's my best guess. It would have been between her commissioning in October 1960 and his discharge on their return to San Diego in February 1964.

I also remember us sitting up and listening to the news all night during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Connie was named as being one of the ships blocking the Russian ship from reaching Cuba. However, I cannot find a list of those ships anywhere. My dad had a world map on the wall of our living room and every time the Connie moved, he dated her position and connected the lines. By the time Joe was discharged we had a complete record of his travels. Unfortunately, it was ruined in the Georgia flood of 1994 and I am trying to recreate it. Can you point me in a direction for getting this info? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Becki (Duke) Jones

Mar. 4, 2010

What a cool site, you seem to have done all the right stuff with this site. The photos and especially site navagation is easy. I was with the Blue Diamonds VA-146 at NAS Lemoore, Ca. We flew A-7 Corsair II. I also did a Wespac cruise aboard the USS Constallation CV-64. Seeing your photos sure brought back a lot of memories. She was a Proud Ship! I enjoyed your site.

Thank You,
John Senko
June 1975 - Aug 1980

July 2, 2009

Wow! I can't believe this ship was decommissioned, She is looking a little rough though, I served on the U.S.S. Constellation from 1990 to 1993 as an Internal communications electrician, I helped recondition this ship when it was dry docked in Philadelphia. Kind of sad to see her career has ended. Wish I would have known in 2003, I would have made a trip to see that ceremony. Thanks for posting all these pictures and information on here, It brought back a lot of memories!!

Chris Damstrom

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