Here is the first part of a new collection of photos from the 1957 West Pacific Cruise. These photos come from a box of 35mm slides that were donated to the museum by USS Hornet veteran Dick Dansinberg. Unfortunately, other than his name, we do not have any information about him or his service. Also the slides were not in a great condition and the digital scans had to be extensively cleaned up and enhanced.
The photos in the first part show life on board the ship, as well as operations with other ships in the Pacific. You can see USS Wasp (CVA-18), USS Bennington (CVA-20), USS O’Bannon (DD-450), USS Perkins (DD-877), an unidentified cruiser, and other supply and tanker ships.
You can see the photos by following this link http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Dick_Dansinberg_part_1 or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the CVA-12 collection and then the “1957 West Pacific Cruise Dick Dansinberg – part 1” gallery.
We are going to follow up with the second part of the collection that covers the aircraft and air operations during the cruise.
As always, please let us know if you have any more information about the photos in this collection in the comments.