Patriot Day – May We Never Forget!

This morning at 8:46, the time of the first aircraft hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center, a color guard of Mount Pleasant firemen and contingent of Moultie Middle School 8th graders processed down the pier at Patriots Point to begin our remembrance ceremony. The pier was lined by 80 young, naval officers [...]

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 [...]

Return of the scout Topgunners!

Every weekend during our aviation merit badge class, we have a portion dedicated to a little competitive spirit among the scouts in seeing if any have what it takes to win the “Top Gun” patch I wear on my flight suit (they must get a kill in air combat and survive). Over the past three [...]

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 [...]

Brown pelican commandeers Clamagore…

On last Saturday, 29 August, at approximately 2:45 PM,  a lone brown pelican attempted to commandeer SS-343 Clamagore for purposes unknown. Brown pelicans are large birds with wingspans over 6 feet (up to nearly 9 feet). They are the only dark pelicans and use dive bombing attacks to catch their prey. They have a very [...]

Before and After Laffey, Ingham

Here are a few before and after images of Laffey and Ingham at Patriots Point. People are now wondering what the view will be on Laffey’s return, read more in the Post and Courier story here…

Laffey in dry dock…

Laffey in floating drydock, AFDL-47, at Detyen’s Shipyard in North Charleston, SC. She will be fitted for a new 3/8″ bottom from bow to stern, five new bulkheads in the four machinery spaces, and new transverse/longitudinal frames and foundations in Machinery Rooms 1 – 4.

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 [...]

Laffey at Detyen's shipyard!

Below are several pictures of the Laffey’s arrival at Detyen’s Shipyard. Read the Charleston News and Courier story here. Read the Moultrie News coverage here. See video here…

Laffey departs on schedule!

Former crew members, Patriots Point staff and the news media were on hand earlier this morning to watch the departure of USS Laffey to Detyen’s Shipyard. Exactly at 0715, Laffey began to ease out of her berth and was met by loud cheers and “Hurray!” from onlookers aboard Yorktown and smaller vessels lying off in [...]