The name Hornet has graced some of the greatest ships in American history. Hornet was the name given to one of the first ships in the Continental Navy. The second Hornet landed the Marines at Tripoli. The seventh Hornet (CV-8) , the ship from which Col. Doolittle's daring raid on Tokyo was launched, went on to fight distinguishedly at Midway and fought proudly to her end at Guadalcanal. The legacy of the name lived on in the eighth Hornet CV-12. Commissioned sixteen months after her keel was laid, she would carry on the fight of her fallen namesake for sixteen continuous months in the forward areas of the Pacific Theatre. She continued to serve proudly during the conflicts in both Korea and Viet-Nam. In addition (as if all that she had done before wasn't enough) she served as the recovery carrier for the Apollo 11 and 12 missions. In fact, Neil Armstrong's first steps back on earth are still inscribed in her deck.
Take a moment and do something to save the Hornet! Donate, spread the word. Don't let a great ship down. She wouldn't let YOU down!
I've been meaning to post this update for about a week, but I've been exceedingly busy. According to news reports the folks over at the Hornet have been able to bring their electric bill into a semblence of paid (they came up with $3300 of the $9700 they needed) and were able to keep the lights on. But they still have some $500,000 due in back rent and are in danger of being asked to move (which I find really disturbing seeing as how Alameda owes its history and possibly even its very existence to the Navy and its legacy ships like the Hornet.) So if you haven't made a donation yet, you can still help the Hornet.