The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 9 and 10

Part Nine: The largest land battle of the Pacific begins on the island of Okinawa, 01 April 1945. Eugene Sledge and his Marine buddies for the first time encounter large numbers of civilians in the battle zone. Watching soldiers, enemy and friendly, die is hard enough, and now women and children enter the mix. War [...]

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 [...]

Okinawa, VF-9's Flying Circus and Bob Hope sixty-five years ago!

On 12 May 1945 the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was finally underway for a respite from war. During the Okinawa campaign, the Fighting Lady had been at sea for 61 days and steamed over 35,000 miles. She had found herself under enemy attack on 29 of those days. The intense fighting and tension had led the [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 7 and 8

Part Seven: Eugene Sledge and his Marine buddies continue to fight the Japanese on Peleliu. The fighting gets increasingly nasty among the Japanese controlled Umurbrogol Hills bristling with numerous caves and pillboxes. Their beloved skipper, Captain Jones, is shot down… and then shot and killed as he is carried in a stretcher by Sledge and [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 5 and 6

Part Five of¬† “The Pacific” Basilone is still on his war bond drive back in the United States with beautiful starlet Virginia Grey. Meanwhile on the island of Pavuvu, Eugene Sledge catches up with his Alabama buddy Sid Phillips, only to find out that Sid is headed back home. Sledge asks him before he leaves, [...]

Laffey and Patriots Point Updates…

The USS Laffey remains at Pier November on the old Charleston Naval Base, courtesy of the South Carolina State Ports Authority until June, when a decision will need to be made before hurricane season. Read more details from the latest Patriots Point Development Authority meeting as summarized in this News and Courier story… Read a [...]

Blue Angels wow scouts on Yorktown Saturday night!

As the sun set Saturday, 17 April, on the Yorktown, the entire Blue Angels team (officer and enlisted) converged on Hangar Deck 3 to meet and greet our weekend campers! Every pilot, except LT C. J. Simonsen (who was doing a maintenance hop getting a jet ready for Sunday’s performance), showed up to talk with [...]

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 Yorktown's 67th Birthday Bash!

Yesterday we celebrated the 67th birthday of the USS Yorktown’s commissioning at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 April 1943. Present for our ceremony were plank owner (and original crewmember) Rev. Harold Syfrett, the first air wing commanding officer’s son and former Executive Director at Patriots Point retired Rear Admiral Jim Flatley¬† and current active United States Navy [...]

Blue Angels arrive in the Lowcountry with Fleur-de-lis!

The Blues arrived a little ahead of schedule as they made their initial passes over USS Yorktown at 10:08 AM on the Fighting Lady’s 67th birthday today, 15 April. As they arrived from Navy Pensacola they made their initial orientation passes over Yorktown and the Charleston Harbor area where they will be conducting their airshow [...]