HBO and Patriots Point

HBO invites you to thank our Veterans and Active Military The Pacific, a 10-part miniseries event, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the producers of Band of Brothers, tracks the intertwined journeys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone across the vast canvas of the Pacific [...]

March Volunteer Profile – Rudy Toldrain

Rudy Toldrain is our longest serving volunteer at Patriots Point. He grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and graduated from high school in 1944. Rudy was accepted into the Merchant Marine radio school at Sheepshead Bay, New York in November 1944 and after successfully completing the course was sent to advanced radio school at Hoffman [...]

Laffey celebrates 66 years!

On Tuesday, the USS Laffey celebrated its 66th year since commissioning at Bath, Maine in 1944. The ship was opened Tuesday for a special media tour while at the South Carolina Ports Authority Pier November at the old Naval Base in North Charleston. It has been nearly five months since the legendary destroyer left Patriots [...]

Happy 100th birthday to the Boy Scouts of America

Nobody knew it at the time, but when American businessman William Boyce lost his way in the London fog in 1909 and was guided to his destination by a boy explaining he was a Scout that this would lead to the American Boy Scout movement. The following year on February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the [...]

Bridge floats past Yorktown!

I don’t think this will happen again for a long time, but today a bridge floated by the Yorktown at Patriots Point. It is the replacement bridge for the old Ben Sawyer bridge linking Sullivan’s Island to mainland Mount Pleasant.  The original bridge was built during World War II and was made famous when Hurricane [...]

5th Grade Floodtide at Patriots Point!

From 12 January to 11 March over 3367 students plus associated teachers and parents will be attending the History/Science Program at Patriots Point. This is the entire 5th grade student population of Charleston County School District! Funding was accomplished by a grant from the USS Yorktown Association and Charleston County School District. Students will be [...]

Laffey drydock complete!

The Laffey was moved from Detyen’s Shipyard yesterday at 1300 to Pier November on the old Naval Base, now South Carolina Ports Authority property in North Charleston, SC. Studies are underway to determine the best site for mooring Laffey upon her return to Patriots Point in the near future. Click here to read more about [...]

December Volunteer Profile – STSCS (SS) Sid Busch

Our December volunteer profile is on Senior Chief Sid Busch. Sid grew up in Brooklyn, New York and joined the Navy in February 1965. He did his basic training at San Diego, California and then received orders to Sonar school at the submarine base in Key West,  Florida. As a submarine sonar technician Sid served [...]

Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts at Patriots Point

Patriots Point’s overnight stay program is very well known, our programs for elementary through high school are becoming better known, but two youth programs at Patriots Point are poorly known…even most of our staff don’t realize that these programs occur onboard the USS Yorktown.The programs are the Navy League’s Sea Cadet program and the Boy [...]

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps , 10 November 1775 – 10 November 2009

The Marine Corps today celebrates its two hundred and thirty fourth year of existence! Happy birthday and many more to an organization which has defended our freedom and woven a everlasting tapestry of amazing stories,  memorable battles and patriotism in action. Below are three of our Marine volunteers and one of our two former Marines [...]