Both the U.S.S. Hornet Association and a member-submitted crew list on NavyBuddies.com have tools available for obtaining information about the crew of the U.S.S. Hornet, christened in 1775. The Navy decommissioned the first U.S.S. Hornet as a national landmark in 1998.
The U.S.S. Hornet Association attempts to cover crew membership information for all U.S. ships with the Hornet designation, while Navy Buddies focuses on the CV-12 Hornet first commissioned in 1943. The Navy decommissioned and recommissioned the ship several times over the decades following, maintaining a crew of approximately 3500 individuals when commissioned.
Navy Buddies allows crew members of the U.S.S. Hornet to sign up for its website service and input their information into a database that displays their identities to anyone else who may be searching for crew members . Members display their ranks, the time period during which they served aboard the ship, and the division of the ship during their enlistments. Users may also post messages and photos.
The U.S.S. Hornet Association features an online roster that allows registered members to connect with one another. The association holds regular reunions and encourages crew members to forge new bonds of friendship between crew members who served during separate generations.