More than 700 people–veterans, family members and thankful citizens–gathered on Friday evening April 24, 2015 to give thanks to the veterans who served our country bravely in the Vietnam War. When these veterans returned home from service, they were not warmly welcomed and thanked for their sacrifice. Many of these veterans were drafted into service, and answered […]
It has been nearly 50 years since the men of the 7th Cavalry leaped out of their helicopters and onto the soil of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, but one thing remains clear. These men are brothers. They are bound together by their experiences – and for many, it all began with those three […]
On Thursday, April 16, 2015, seven World War II veterans who served in the Okinawa campaign assembled on the fantail of the USS Yorktown overlooking the USS Laffey to remember their brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Okinawa. From April 1 to June 22, 1945, more than 12,000 American lives were […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. a memorial service will be held at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa (April 1 – June 22, 1945). During this largest amphibious operation in the Pacific theater during World War II, the Allied […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Many of the men depicted in the popular 2002 Mel Gibson Vietnam War film We Were Soldiers, will share their memories of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley at an upcoming free symposium at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Seating for the event will begin at 7:00 p.m., April […]
Hundreds attended the Heroes of Iwo Jima Symposium onboard the USS Yorktown on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to hear a first-hand account from three veterans who served in that iconic battle. Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient to have been awarded that honor for valor in the Battle of […]
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. It will be an opportunity to celebrate our Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service to this country. […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Thursday, March 5 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima with a free symposium that will feature three survivors of the attack. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. onboard the USS YORKTOWN. The panel of speakers will […]
Over 400 people attended the Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium hosted at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Friday, February 6, 2015 as part of Black History Month. The insightful panelists shared their experiences with the issues of desegregation and military service during the 1960s–a difficult time for the African-American community played out against […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Friday, Feb. 6 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a symposium to delve into the history of North Charleston’s Liberty Hill Community and the estimated 60 young African-American men who went on to war during some of the most turbulent times in American history.
The Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium will feature three guest panelists from Liberty Hill: Odell Price, Alfreda Levaine and Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby. Odell Price was one of the five original students to transfer out of Bonds-Wilson High School, a segregated African-American School, and into North Charleston High School in 1965 following the passing of the Civil Rights Act. After graduating, he fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
Alfreda Levaine grew up in Liberty Hill during the 1960’s and is the sister of Nathan White – one of eight Liberty Hill residents killed in the war.
Councilman Henry Darby is the author of Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men, a book that chronicles eight Liberty Hill residents who were killed in Vietnam and examines the perspective of war from veterans who made it home safely.
Respected Charleston musicians, Lonnie Hamilton and Ann Caldwell, will perform the National Anthem, and students from North Charleston High School will read poetry.
The symposium is free and open to the public. It will begin at 11:00 a.m. inside the USS YORKTOWN’s Smokey Stover Theater. The event is part of Patriots Point’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. It will be streamed live through the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s Livestream channel. Click Here for a link