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.
October 16, 2014 – October 18, 2014
Former crew members of the USS YORKTOWN will reunite on the aircraft carrier through October 18th.
October 9, 2014
The largest traveling replica of the iconic Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime museum Oct. 9-12. A special opening ceremony is planned for the evening of Thursday, October 9, 2014. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, several state and local officials and a performance by the Official Parris Island Marine Band.
The 360-foot long, eight-foot tall American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Wall is 80 percent scale of the memorial in Washington D.C. It contains the names of every one of the 58,272 men and women who died in the more than decade long war. The exhibit will be free and available to visitors around the clock from 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9 to 12:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 in The Grove at Patriots Point. Rubbing sheets and pencils will be provided.
This event is part of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War over the next few years.
October 9, 2014 – October 12, 2014
The largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum from October 9th – 12th. The replica is a 80% scale of the actual wall in Washington D.C., and will be free to view. It includes the names of more than 58,000 fallen heroes.