October 5th – Carriers and Hellcats!

05 October 1943 was a day of “Firsts” for the United States Navy. It was the first use of multiple carrier groups in battle with the use of three new Essex carriers (Essex CV-9, Yorktown CV-10, Lexington CV-16) and three smaller carriers against Japanese forces on Wake Island and marked the first combat kill of [...]

VA Program "Welcome Home 2009" tomorrow at Patriots Point

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Welcome Home 2009 event for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans will be held aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Sept. 30, from 2—7 p.m. Veterans from all eras and their families are invited to attend this free event. Welcome Home [...]

Laffey restoration update

The “holy” hull plates are being removed and new plate placed on Laffey to restore her watertight integrity. See images below for a visual update on the Laffey’s restorations…

Patriot Day – May We Never Forget!

This morning at 8:46, the time of the first aircraft hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center, a color guard of Mount Pleasant firemen and contingent of Moultie Middle School 8th graders processed down the pier at Patriots Point to begin our remembrance ceremony. The pier was lined by 80 young, naval officers [...]

September Volunteer Profile – Larry Moran

I first met volunteer Larry Moran in the fall of 1996 as he manned the information desk on the hangar deck of Yorktown. Larry was among the second wave of volunteers put together by Don Ziglar and is one of our longest serving volunteers just behind the likes of Rudy Toldrain and Lloyd Conard. He [...]

Return of the scout Topgunners!

Every weekend during our aviation merit badge class, we have a portion dedicated to a little competitive spirit among the scouts in seeing if any have what it takes to win the “Top Gun” patch I wear on my flight suit (they must get a kill in air combat and survive). Over the past three [...]

Patriot Day at Patriots Point, 11 September 2009

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the early morning of 11 September 2001? Everyone of age should never forget that day when our nation was attacked by a devilish and cowardly enemy. What hither brought us! Hate, not love, nor hope of paradise in Hell, hope here to taste [...]

64th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) – 02 September 1945

As the sun came up on 02 September 1945, the USS Yorktown was steaming 30 miles east of  Sagami Wan.  The formal surrender ceremony was scheduled later in the morning on the USS Missouri. The ceremony began at 0930 and lasted one hour. The proceedings were transmitted to all ships and the crews listened via [...]

Brown pelican commandeers Clamagore…

On last Saturday, 29 August, at approximately 2:45 PM,  a lone brown pelican attempted to commandeer SS-343 Clamagore for purposes unknown. Brown pelicans are large birds with wingspans over 6 feet (up to nearly 9 feet). They are the only dark pelicans and use dive bombing attacks to catch their prey. They have a very [...]