Patriot Day and Scout Surge 911

Over 300 scouts, scouters, military and family members took part in the Patriot Day commemorative program at Patriots Point this past Saturday. The ceremony started with a striking of the bell at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. After a minute of silence and the presentation of our [...]

Patriot Day, September 11, 2010

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. gates open for visitors to walk aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point for our Patriot Day commemorative program. Our color guard will consist of firefighters from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from the Coastal Carolina Council as  a part of Scout Surge 911. [...]

Henry and John Laurens

South Carolinian Henry Laurens and his son John Laurens both played pivotal roles in the American Revolution.  Both father and son’s life histories  were influenced by events at Yorktown, Virginia. John Laurens was a descendant of Huguenots, who fled France for religious liberty.  He was a wealthy merchant in Charleston, South Carolina and entered the [...]

03 September 1783 – Independence Day?

Lots of Americans know the significance of 01 September (Germany invaded Poland) and 02 September (VJ Day), but rare is the individual who knows the significance of 03 September. In 1783, three American peace commissioners and one British commissioner Richard Oswald signed the Treaty of Paris . This treaty between Great Britain and United States [...]

A Hero's Hero: Part II

Here is the rest of Colonel Murray’s story…read here if you missed the first part… He knew that this bridge like the first would be mined. Lt. Murray considered using the rubber boats, but quickly discarded that idea as it would take too long and he didn’t have the time. The planks were a possible [...]

A Hero's Hero! Part I

Everyone has a hero, someone you admire and wish to become. Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be.” As a young boy, [...]

Medal of Honor Society Convention in Charleston, 29 September – 03 October!

The South Carolina State Guard Foundation and The Citadel are hosting the 2010 Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. This will be a celebration honoring the 87 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat — The Medal of Honor. I will be posting Medal of Honor stories [...]

Volunteer Profile on Dr. Art Schmitt – Helicopter pilot extraordinaire!

One beautiful summer day a 15-year-old boy and future Eagle Scout looked up into the New Jersey sky and saw a Marine F4U Corsair fly over in a low pass, he said to himself, “That’s what I want to do one day!” Be careful what you wish for… Art Schmitt grew up in Brooklyn, New [...]

What is a knot? Part II

The use of the term knot goes back to the day of sailing ships. Sailors would toss over a “Dutch log” which had a line attached with knots tied into it at intervals. Through trial and error, seamen found that the 28-second sand glass would do the best job and you didn’t want more time, [...]

What is a knot? Part I

Coming back up the ladders from the 3rd deck (2 decks below the hangar deck, naval architecture is a topic for another post) a short while ago, I met two lost gentlemen who asked if there was a way to get off the Yorktown…they were afraid their tour was going to end like the voyage [...]