August 14, 2015
Join us for a symposium to discuss the Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and their importance to the U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. Green Beret veterans and Montagnard refugees will share their unique perspectives on their experiences and discuss how this wartime assistance led to lifelong friendships.
During the Vietnam War, the Green Berets of the U.S. Army befriended and enlisted the help of the Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This area was deemed critical by the U.S. to victory in Vietnam and more than 61,000 Montagnards enlisted in the Civilian Irregular Defense Groups. Nearly a third of those fought alongside Americans in mobile strike forces, saving American lives and forming life-long friendships. The Montagnards were the secret Vietnam warriors of the U.S. Green Berets and since the end of the war, the United States has given the tribe refugee status. Many Vietnam veterans have helped the Montagnard people flee to our country.
June 22, 2015
On Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m. the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a free ceremony to dedicate the museum’s Huey helicopter 66-15005 to the memory of Army Specialist Four Kenneth Plavcan, who was killed in action while onboard the aircraft on Oct. 1, 1968 in the Vietnam War. Plavcan was 21 years old.
The event will be held near the helicopter, which is now located in the Vietnam Experience exhibit landside of the Charleston harbor. The event is free and open to the public. Museum staff and volunteers recently discovered that Kenneth Plavcan paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving on the exact helicopter that is now part of our museum. Members of Plavcan’s family will attend the ceremony and watch as the Huey is officially dedicated in memory of their loved one.
After his death, Plavcan was awarded the Army’s Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal (first through seventeenth Oak Leaf Cluster), and a Commendation Medal with “V” Device for his heroic actions that saved the lives of his helicopter crew and the ground troops he was asked to protect during his final combat assault mission.
Plavcan was raised in Parma, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army in January 1966 and was sent to Vietnam in May 1967. Just days before he was killed, Plavcan had volunteered to serve an additional six months in the war.
April 24, 2015
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown Foundation welcome all Vietnam veterans, and those who wish to honor their service, to The Welcome Home Party You Never Got. On April 24th, 2015 from 7:00-10:30 PM, celebrate our Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service to this country.
When our veterans returned from Vietnam, very few honored them. On April 24th, everyone is invited to join us for this long overdue celebration, which includes:
- Live music from the 1960s and 1970s by The Explorers Club
- Barbecue dinner, wine, and beer. Liquor available for purchase.
- Access to the new and interactive Vietnam Experience Exhibit, spanning over 2.5 acres, landside of the USS YORKTOWN
- Free parking
Tickets are now SOLD OUT!!
April 17, 2015
We will breakdown the first major battle between the United States Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam/North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ia Drang Valley took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965 and involved close air support by U.S. aircraft and a strategic bombing strike by B-52s.
Veterans of the 1st of the 7th Cavalry will participate in this symposium as part of their 50th anniversary reunion. These heroic men and their wives will discuss their memories of this battle from the front lines and at home. The 7th Cavalry of the US Army was the focus of the 2002 movie “We Were Soldiers” — that was based on the book, “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young,” written by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway (both of whom were right in the heat of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley). The veterans at the symposium will talk about the movie and how accurately, or not, it portrayed the actual events of that time.
March 5, 2015
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the month-long Battle of Iwo Jima that ended in March 1945. The iconic photo of the U.S. Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima remains one of the most remembered images of World War II. We will discuss this important battle and the impact it had on the American and allied victory in World War II. The only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima, Herschel “Woody” Williams, will be with us to discuss his memories of the battle along with other Iwo Jima survivors.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the veterans.
February 6, 2015
As part of Black History Month, local author and Charleston County Councilman Henry E. Darby will discuss his book, Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men. During the Vietnam War, a disproportionate number of residents of the small community of Liberty Hill, South Carolina served their country in Vietnam. Of the 64 who served, eight were killed in action. His book voices the experiences of four of the veterans from Liberty Hill and shows the tremendous contribution this small community made to our nation.
December 7, 2014
On Sunday, December 7, 2014, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will honor the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor, particularly the 25 South Carolinians who died, with a memorial service. The Pearl Harbor Day Memorial will be held onboard the USS Yorktown at 11 a.m. Medal of Honor Recipient Major General James Livingston will be a guest speaker. The ceremony is being organized by the Mt. Pleasant VFW Post. Visitors will be offered free admission for the ceremony. Parking is $5.
November 8, 2014
Opening on November 8th 2014, this new “living history” exhibit will feature a US Marine Corps Artillery Firebase and a “Brown Water Navy” Support Base. Our new interactive equipment will include: two Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopters, 105mm Howitzer, a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, Wilys m725 ambulance, a Sikorsky UH-34 Sea Horse Helicopter and a very rare MK1 PBR (Patrol River Boat). We will frequently feature re-enactors and Vietnam veterans to enhance the experience.
October 18, 2014
As part of their 66th annual reunion, the USS Yorktown Association will offer a “Meet & Greet” session onboard the USS Yorktown to bring together museum visitors with the actual heroes who once served on the historic ship. It’s become a favorite tradition of the reunion and provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to learn from the real heroes of the USS Yorktown and hear the stories of their time served on board.
The Meet & Greet will be held in Hangar Bay II onboard the USS Yorktown from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
October 17, 2014
As part of the 66th Annual USS Yorktown Reunion, shipmates will gather to remember those who have died. The service will be held aboard the USS Yorktown at Hangar Bay 1.