USNA '73 Reunion

Last Saturday, 17 July, Patriots Point was the site of a reunion for five members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1973. Their service in the United States Navy was performed in various warfare specialties: CDR Dalton was a surface warfare officer and later supply officer, CAPT Watt was a naval flight officer [...]

Fireworks of a different kind!

On the 4th of July this year, the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point saw fireworks of a different kind! Just as the initial rockets fired from the flight deck of Yorktown, a young graduate of the University of Virginia bent down on one knee on the pier with the ship in the background and asked [...]

Whale arrives at Patriots Point

Our A-3D Skywarrior arrived on high tide this afternoon. Originally designed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation to be a twin engined nuclear bomber for the Navy, the “Whale” served most of its career as an ECM platform and tanker aircraft. It was to be the heaviest Naval aircraft flying from carrier flight decks at the weight [...]

Nation of Patriots at Patriots Point

Today a very impressive flag ceremony was held on the flight deck of USS Yorktown (CV-10). Appropriately 02 July is our actual date of Independence as the Continental Congress passed their resolution for independence on 02 July 1776. The ceremony was part of the Harley Owner Group network as they ride our national flag across [...]

"Whale" to arrive on Yorktown's flight deck Friday!

It’s not just any “Whale,” but the much esteemed Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, affectionately known as a whale because of its size and the great noise it made impacting the flight deck of a carrier as she made her arrested landing onboard pitching decks at sea! Designed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation as a nuclear attack bomber [...]

June Volunteer Profile – Nina Lindenberg

Our June volunteer profile is on Nina Lindenberg. All of our volunteers have interesting stories, but I’m not sure they can meet the standards of Nina’s amazing one. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt and educated in Egypt and France. Nina speaks seven languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, and Italian. She immigrated to [...]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 3

At 0524 on 20 June 1944, Yorktown launched search aircraft to find the Japanese fleet. The Japanese fleet wasn’t found that morning but search planes encountered and shot down several Japanese float planes, Rufes (Zeros on floats), in the northern sectors. This convinced Admiral Mitscher to change Task Force 58′s pursuit course from 260 degrees [...]

Cownose stingrays at Patriots Point

Everyday I walk down the pier to the Yorktown I see wildlife and sealife…usually it’s channel bass, blue crabs, brown pelicans, ospreys, sea gulls, herons (great and white) …but sometimes there are the different looking ones like alligators, manatees, otters, horseshoe crabs and this week’s special the cownose stingray… I grew up in the South [...]

Norman Rockwell at Patriots Point

The Patriots Point Curatorial/Exhibits department has just exhibited a display on World War II posters, which includes Norman Rockwell‘s Four Freedoms painted in 1943. In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech on the Four Freedoms that everyone should have: the Freedom from Want, the Freedom from Fear, the Freedom of Speech and the [...]

Prelude to Memorial Day – You Should Have Seen It In Color

If you are in the Lowcountry of South Carolina on Monday morning, come on over to Patriots Point for Memorial Day and help us remember those who gave all…our Memorial Day ceremony begins at 9 AM…free attendance and parking for the program. For those of us who have memories of Americans that never came home, [...]