Rich Kirsch's "Fighting Hannah"
U.S.S. Hancock CVA-19
OA/OP Division Photo Lab


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Gerald 'McGreagor' White

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Rich Kirsch - 1954Jake - Yeoman of the Hancock MemorialShipmates if this Story isn't one for the Icon's of the Past Pages, I don't know of one!!

As I had stated on the 'Icons of the Past' Intro Page (which is located at the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial, we who served in the USS Hancock brought with us all our many different facets of who we were before we enlisted. Lifestyles, thoughts, talents, actions, some good, some not-so-good.

Music was often heard in the compartments after work hours, or when they secured from Flight Quarters. All kinds of music, from someone playing a guitar to another listening to the Pop music of the time on a record player carried aboard, or on a tape recorder. I, myself had purchased quite an elaborate Tape recorder at the Base Exchange at Yokosuka, Japan in 1963. An Akai 4 Track Stereo, the 'cutting edge' of audio equipment of the time, and that same machine lasted me over 30 years! So much for Japanese technology!

Other sounds echoed down the passageways; even a 4 part Quartet could be heard in the Ship's Library, where the Chaplain had his office. From Religious music to secular; The TV could be heard in the Crew's Lounge...

But in all my days, and probably your's as well, except, for the Photo Lab, you would never hear the haunting melodies that came from the Bag Pipes. Here is proof that even at least one of us could blow out a Scottish Tune on the Pipes.. Note here that not everyone like them things! Some think they're annoying and consider them the same as scratching the blackboard with your finger nails, but thankfully, for Rich's day (at least), they at least tolerated Gerald "Jerry" White's love of the Pipes...

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Rich Kirsch (second from left) with the OP Division Photo Lab Crew - Rich`s Shipmate, Jerry White (2nd from Right), is holding his polished Highland Bag Pipes and who's the one who drove everyone nuts in the Division spaces

Jerry played right into my hands in placing this Fun Page on the Internet for everyone to enjoy.. hope you like the "lilting" sounds of the Pipes m'lads.. you can hear them if you turn on your sound! - Rich

Lab Crew - hanging out listing to Gerald Play the Pipes

You can see Jerry here, with his Bag Pipes. The guys in this photo are smiling, not only because they were getting their picture taken, which we wanted to share with the world (thanks Rich!) but also because the pause stopped Jerry from blowing on those pipes!!!

Now, I for one, love the haunting sounds of the Ancient Bag Pipes, but I am also quite sure that most others find the sound very annoying. The Jury is out... how do you feel about them? Anyway... the fact that at least one lonely sailor had the guts to bring the Bag Pipes aboard, shows all of the rest of us, how deep the bravery and intrepidity runs in all Hancock Shipmates!!!

Do I have any one here, who would disagree with me on that one? Send Jake and Rich Email if you do or do not.

Thanks Rich for sending in this photo, and mostly, the Thanks go out to Jerry White for being so Brave... Ah, yes... Scotland the Brave and her Brave Sons!

I wonder if you ended up with many pals or were a loner on ship? Had I been there, you would have at least had one friend who'd stand by you... and I might even know how to blow them Pipes by now... how are you at them?

Now you know why 'Old Salts' wish you "Fair Winds" because a good Piper has to have lots of Wind, and they be 'Fair, matie!"

Fair Winds and Following Seas, to you, Gerald "Jerry" White and Rich Kirsch, for sharing this bit of Hancock Serendipity with the rest of us!!!

(Note: Rich had gotten in touch with Jerry not long ago - perhaps in 2008 - but then he dropped off the radar, and after repeated searches, he remains MIA... so Rich and I are thinking that Jerru no longer is with us and off to Greater Climes, playing those lilting Pipes on another Shore.. for a Greater Company of Listeners).

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Jerry 'McGreagor' White

Our Little Piper is playing a Medley of Scotish & Irish Tunes for you on his Bagpipes.
If you use MSIE Browser, you should be able to listen to the Concert one after another.
We have 19 Tunes... If they do not play automatically, you can download them.
I hope you love the sound of the Pipes - like Jerry White did, right?

They will play via a click on the link unless your Web Browser does not allow it.

You're invited to stay for the complete Concert

Scotland the Brave

Midi by Bary Taylor

Hark where the night is falling
hark hear the pipes a calling
Loudly and proudly calling down thru the glen
There where the hills are sleeping
Now feel the blood a leaping
High as the spirits of the old highland men

Towering in gallant fame
Scotland my mountain hame
High may your proud standards gloriously wave
Land of my high endeavor
Land of the shining river
Land of my heart forever, Scotland the Brave

High in the misty mountains
Out by the purple highlands
Brave are the hearts that beat beneath Scottish skies
Wild are the winds to meet you
Staunch are the friends that greet you
Kind as the love that shines from fair maidens eyes

Midi by Barry Taylor and his "Contemplations from the Marianas Trench" - Music and Deep Thoughts
Lyrics From...
Digital Tradition (Mirror of the original). Folk Song Search.
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For More of the Pipes...

Note: We are attempting to Play the Playlist below using the
Microsoft Music Player Object (See below). It may or may
not work in your Browser. It does work in MSIE 9.

MSIE* no longer allows midi's to play via clicks
or I don't know how to activate them, so in order to enjoy these
melodies, right click on each one and choose "Save Target As"
and save them to your computer and then you can enjoy them.

*MSIE = Microsoft Internet Explorer (Browser)

Scotland the Brave

The Rustic Old Bridge by the MillFlower of Scotland
Will Ye No Come Back Again
The Atholl HighlandersBarren Rocks of Aden
The Blue Bells of Scotland

The Brown haired Maiden
Colonel Robertson

The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu
Dovecote Park
Drops of Brandy
Abide with Me
Ghillie Callum Sword Dance #1
Ghillie Callum Sword Dance #2

The Glendaruel Highlanders
The Irish Washerwoman

Lady Loudon

The Mucking o'Geordie's Byre
The Orange and the Blue
The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
The Wearing of the Green Wings

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