August Volunteer Profile – Jim Morrow at Tarawa and his Okinawa monkey story

Our August volunteer profile is on Jim Morrow. Jim grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and joined the United States Marines after high school in 1942. He got on his bus to Parris Island on 07 December, 1942. After PI he went for more training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from late January 1943 until […]

Major Everett Pope, USMC, 16 July 1919 – 16 July 2009

During my short tenure with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS headquarters are located onboard the YORKTOWN), I had the privilege of working with Medal of Honor recipient Everett Pope. Everett lived in Amelia Island, Florida. He had retired there after working as a banker in Boston until 1982. He was a soft spoken, […]

July Volunteer Profile

This month we profile our volunteer with the most longevity at Patriots Point…Lloyd Conard has been greeting visitors and conducting tours for our guests since January 1995. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, he has always had a fascination with naval aviation and as a young boy used to sit outside the fence of the Johnsville […]

Midway Anniversary June 1942

The battle of Midway took place 67 years ago today. It was to be the turning of the tide against Japanese conquest of the Pacific. The Japanese brought 4 of their 10 carriers to the battle, because they believed we only had two left in the Pacific. However, USS Yorktown (CV-5) had not been sunk […]

Memorial Day at Patriots Point's Vietnam Base

A crowd of around 300 assembled at 0900 on Monday, 25 May, to observe the nation’s Memorial Day.  Families, veterans, politicians, and newscrews gathered in our Vietnam Support Base.  Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Colonel “Mac” Radcliffe spoke to the crowd. “Mac” served as a company commander at Khe Sahn with First Battlion, Ninth Marines. […]

A Marine Skyhawk Pilot's Vietnam Nightmare!

Just I was getting ready to give a program on the A-4 Skyhawk yesterday, one of our visitors boldly asked me how much I wanted to know about the A-4.  I quickly took him up on his offer after I learned he was a Vietnam Marine Corps pilot who flew with VMA-311 based at Chu […]

April Volunteer Profile – George Lodge – aeronautical engineer

Our April volunteer profile features our only aeronautical engineer, George Lodge,who worked for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company from 1939 to 1947. He grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  George worked on the Martin 167/187/B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner patrol bomber, JRM-Mars, and the XB48 […]

The Amazing Fred Fox story!

Sixty four years ago, the Yorktown (CV-10) was engaged in softening up Okinawa for the Army/Marine invasion on 01 April.  On the morning of 26 March, VBF-9 and VT-9 off the “Fighting Lady” were busy bombing, rocketing and strafing Japanese forces at Yontan and Kadena airfields on Okinawa. After two passes hitting targets at Yontan, […]

Japanese bomb and Ghost bomb strike Yorktown!!!

Sixty four years ago on 18 March while conducting operations off Okinawa, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was struck by a Japanese bomb at 1507 (3:07 PM) when a Judy dive bomber came out of the clouds dead ahead of the ship. The bomb struck on the starboard (right) side of the signal bridge on the […]

February Volunteer Profile – Bob Barkus

Our volunteer profile this month is on Merchant Marine Bob Barkus.  His father and mother immigrated to New York City from England in 1926. Bob was born in Brooklyn July 1928. He was 13 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Bob wanted to enlist in the Navy, but with the war winding down and his age […]