USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 2

Dawn came at 0430 on 19 June 1944. The weather was expected to be CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited) and the temperature in the low to mid 80′s. Wind was out of the east at 9 to 12 knots. Conditions were also right for lots of contrails at altitude…in other words, a great day for [...]

USS Yorktown at the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot Part 1

On 18 June 1944, two large aircraft carrier battle groups approached each other southwest of Saipan in the Marianas. The First Mobile Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy carried 440 aircraft on nine carriers: Taiho, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Junyo, Hiyo, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, and Zuiho. It was led by Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa, a 1909 graduate [...]

Cownose stingrays at Patriots Point

Everyday I walk down the pier to the Yorktown I see wildlife and sealife…usually it’s channel bass, blue crabs, brown pelicans, ospreys, sea gulls, herons (great and white) …but sometimes there are the different looking ones like alligators, manatees, otters, horseshoe crabs and this week’s special the cownose stingray… I grew up in the South [...]

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America

Every weekend (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) 200-600 scouts arrive to camp onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. This weekend we are scheduled for 526 scouting campers onboard. If one played a word game association with boy scouts and portraits…the answer would be Norman Rockwell…Notice his first cover of Boys’ Life above has [...]

Norman Rockwell at the Charleston Navy Yard

A skinny, young sailor reported in to the hot and humid Naval Training Camp at the Charleston Navy Yard on 23 August 1918. Being from New Rochelle, New York, the Lowcountry South Carolina weather must have been a eye opening experience for the young artist. Norman Rockwell was twenty-three years old when he attempted to [...]

68th Anniversary – Victory at Midway!

Today sixty-eight years ago, the United States’ Navy brought an end to Japanese domination of the Pacific by sinking four (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu) of her ten aircraft carriers at the Battle of Midway. There have been many myths on how the United States’ Navy was able to defeat the world’s most powerful Navy [...]

Norman Rockwell at Patriots Point

The Patriots Point Curatorial/Exhibits department has just exhibited a display on World War II posters, which includes Norman Rockwell‘s Four Freedoms painted in 1943. In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech on the Four Freedoms that everyone should have: the Freedom from Want, the Freedom from Fear, the Freedom of Speech and the [...]

Prelude to Memorial Day – You Should Have Seen It In Color

If you are in the Lowcountry of South Carolina on Monday morning, come on over to Patriots Point for Memorial Day and help us remember those who gave all…our Memorial Day ceremony begins at 9 AM…free attendance and parking for the program. For those of us who have memories of Americans that never came home, [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 9 and 10

Part Nine: The largest land battle of the Pacific begins on the island of Okinawa, 01 April 1945. Eugene Sledge and his Marine buddies for the first time encounter large numbers of civilians in the battle zone. Watching soldiers, enemy and friendly, die is hard enough, and now women and children enter the mix. War [...]

Preview to Patriots Point's Memorial Day program

Patriots Point’s Memorial Day program will take place on 31 May at 9 AM in our Vietnam Support Base. Admission and parking fees will be waived until 9:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be Colonel Myron Harrington, USMC (Retired), who is a Vietnam veteran and was present at the incredible fight for Hue City, Republic [...]