USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 2

Dawn came at 0430 on 19 June 1944. The weather was expected to be CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited) and the temperature in the low to mid 80′s. Wind was out of the east at 9 to 12 knots. Conditions were also right for lots of contrails at altitude…in other words, a great day for [...]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 1

On 18 June 1944, two large aircraft carrier battle groups approached each other southwest of Saipan in the Marianas. The First Mobile Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy carried 440 aircraft on nine carriers: Taiho, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Junyo, Hiyo, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, and Zuiho. It was led by Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa, a 1909 graduate [...]

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America

Every weekend (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) 200-600 scouts arrive to camp onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. This weekend we are scheduled for 526 scouting campers onboard. If one played a word game association with boy scouts and portraits…the answer would be Norman Rockwell…Notice his first cover of Boys’ Life above has [...]

Norman Rockwell at the Charleston Navy Yard

A skinny, young sailor reported in to the hot and humid Naval Training Camp at the Charleston Navy Yard on 23 August 1918. Being from New Rochelle, New York, the Lowcountry South Carolina weather must have been a eye opening experience for the young artist. Norman Rockwell was twenty-three years old when he attempted to [...]

68th Anniversary – Victory at Midway!

Today sixty-eight years ago, the United States’ Navy brought an end to Japanese domination of the Pacific by sinking four (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu) of her ten aircraft carriers at the Battle of Midway. There have been many myths on how the United States’ Navy was able to defeat the world’s most powerful Navy [...]

Preview to Patriots Point's Memorial Day program

Patriots Point’s Memorial Day program will take place on 31 May at 9 AM in our Vietnam Support Base. Admission and parking fees will be waived until 9:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be Colonel Myron Harrington, USMC (Retired), who is a Vietnam veteran and was present at the incredible fight for Hue City, Republic [...]

Blue Angels over Charleston Harbor & USS Yorktown (CV-10)

The Blue Angels put on a dazzling display of airmanship today over Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown. The weather was beautiful, sunny, warm with a slight sea breeze out of the south. The harbor was teeming with small craft as sailboats and powerboats rode at anchor to enjoy the show in between two of [...]

USS Laffey Attacked! 65 years ago today…

One day after Yorktown’s birthday, 16 April marks the 65 anniversary of the Japanese attack on the USS Laffey (DD-724)…when I first arrived at Patriots Point I was talking with a gentleman one day on the Laffey. We were back by the aft 5 inch guns and he told me that was these guns were [...]

VF-14 Tophatters Land Onboard Yorktown!

Today a group of former VF-14 pilots from the 1950′s arrived at Patriots Point for a reunion on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). VF-14 is the Navy’s oldest active duty fighter squadron and is still in existence today as VFA-15. Most of this group of Tophatters had flown with the squadron during the 1950 to 1957 [...]

Scout Bomber Douglas (SBD) aka Douglas Dauntless

The SBD (scout bomber Douglas) was the most significant aircraft of the Pacific War as it was responsible for the sinking of six Japanese aircraft carriers and 60% of the Japanese ships sunk by aircraft. 5,936 of these dive bombers were built by Douglas from 1940 to 1944 (950 specifically for the Army Air Corp). [...]