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 [...]

Okinawa, VF-9's Flying Circus and Bob Hope sixty-five years ago!

On 12 May 1945 the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was finally underway for a respite from war. During the Okinawa campaign, the Fighting Lady had been at sea for 61 days and steamed over 35,000 miles. She had found herself under enemy attack on 29 of those days. The intense fighting and tension had led the [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 7 and 8

Part Seven: Eugene Sledge and his Marine buddies continue to fight the Japanese on Peleliu. The fighting gets increasingly nasty among the Japanese controlled Umurbrogol Hills bristling with numerous caves and pillboxes. Their beloved skipper, Captain Jones, is shot down… and then shot and killed as he is carried in a stretcher by Sledge and [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 5 and 6

Part Five of  “The Pacific” Basilone is still on his war bond drive back in the United States with beautiful starlet Virginia Grey. Meanwhile on the island of Pavuvu, Eugene Sledge catches up with his Alabama buddy Sid Phillips, only to find out that Sid is headed back home. Sledge asks him before he leaves, [...]

Laffey and Patriots Point Updates…

The USS Laffey remains at Pier November on the old Charleston Naval Base, courtesy of the South Carolina State Ports Authority until June, when a decision will need to be made before hurricane season. Read more details from the latest Patriots Point Development Authority meeting as summarized in this News and Courier story… Read a [...]