Hollywood and the USS Yorktown

As we approach the holiday season many in our nation and the world will be escaping with their friends or loved ones to the movies.  We escape into adventure, romance and other emotions of the human experience. The USS Yorktown has an extensive tie with the dreams of Hollywood and we now take a look […]

Remembrances of things past…for today and tomorrow

One day recently as I was completing a program on the flight deck of Yorktown, I noticed a lady standing off to the side of the A-6 Intruder aircraft with her hands resting on the aircraft as if to hold it up. Tears streamed down her face, so I walked over and asked if she […]

Former Yorktown crewmembers "Meet and Greet"

Fourteen former Yorktown crewmembers met with visiting guests and scouts this past Saturday, 03 October. The crewmembers included Ed Branning, Ben Couillard, Robert Dorsey, Les Hakes, Ed Hewitt, Dennis Hite, Bill Lahnen, Al Larivee, Art “Chico” Leach, Jesse Rodriguez, Wally Schuldt, Fred Springer, Harold Syfrett, and Daniel Vitt. They enjoyed a steady stream of guests […]

Yorktown Association returns for 62nd Reunion!

Former crewmembers of the USS Yorktown began arriving today for their 62nd Reunion! The first reunion was 15 April 1948 (5th anniversary of  CV-10’s commissioning) in New York City at Ruppert’s Brewery.  The guests of honor were Rear Admiral “Jocko” Clark (1st commanding officer) and Rear Admiral R. R. Walker (1st executive officer). Along with […]

October 5th – Carriers and Hellcats!

05 October 1943 was a day of “Firsts” for the United States Navy. It was the first use of multiple carrier groups in battle with the use of three new Essex carriers (Essex CV-9, Yorktown CV-10, Lexington CV-16) and three smaller carriers against Japanese forces on Wake Island and marked the first combat kill of […]

September Volunteer Profile – Larry Moran

I first met volunteer Larry Moran in the fall of 1996 as he manned the information desk on the hangar deck of Yorktown. Larry was among the second wave of volunteers put together by Don Ziglar and is one of our longest serving volunteers just behind the likes of Rudy Toldrain and Lloyd Conard. He […]

Patriot Day at Patriots Point, 11 September 2009

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the early morning of 11 September 2001? Everyone of age should never forget that day when our nation was attacked by a devilish and cowardly enemy. What hither brought us! Hate, not love, nor hope of paradise in Hell, hope here to taste […]

64th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) – 02 September 1945

As the sun came up on 02 September 1945, the USS Yorktown was steaming 30 miles east of  Sagami Wan.  The formal surrender ceremony was scheduled later in the morning on the USS Missouri. The ceremony began at 0930 and lasted one hour. The proceedings were transmitted to all ships and the crews listened via […]

FBI returns stolen Medals of Honor to museum!

Last Friday the FBI returned two stolen Civil War Medals of Honor to the Medal of Honor museum here at Patriots Point. Since there is still an ongoing investigation into the medals stolen from the museum in 2004, no details were released on the recovery of these medals.  Mount Pleasant resident and Vietnam Medal of […]

F-6F Hellcat Podcast

The Grumman F-6F Hellcat was the United States Navy’s primary fighter aircraft from mid 1943 till the end of the war.  It achieved a combat kill ratio of 19-1. The first landing on the USS Yorktown was made by a Hellcat flown by CAG-5 (Commander Air Group Five) LCDR James H. Flatley, Jr., on 06 […]