Scout Bomber Douglas (SBD) aka Douglas Dauntless

The SBD (scout bomber Douglas) was the most significant aircraft of the Pacific War as it was responsible for the sinking of six Japanese aircraft carriers and 60% of the Japanese ships sunk by aircraft. 5,936 of these dive bombers were built by Douglas from 1940 to 1944 (950 specifically for the Army Air Corp). […]

December Volunteer Profile – STSCS (SS) Sid Busch

Our December volunteer profile is on Senior Chief Sid Busch. Sid grew up in Brooklyn, New York and joined the Navy in February 1965. He did his basic training at San Diego, California and then received orders to Sonar school at the submarine base in Key West,  Florida. As a submarine sonar technician Sid served […]

Carriers from heaven or how much did they cost?

A long time ago A million years BC The best things in life Were absolutely free… – Arthur Johnson and Johnny Burke 1936 Six days prior to the “Date of Infamy,” shipyard workers at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, gathered to lay the keel of a new warship. Originally this was to be […]

Hollywood and the USS Yorktown

As we approach the holiday season many in our nation and the world will be escaping with their friends or loved ones to the movies.  We escape into adventure, romance and other emotions of the human experience. The USS Yorktown has an extensive tie with the dreams of Hollywood and we now take a look […]

Remembrances of things past…for today and tomorrow

One day recently as I was completing a program on the flight deck of Yorktown, I noticed a lady standing off to the side of the A-6 Intruder aircraft with her hands resting on the aircraft as if to hold it up. Tears streamed down her face, so I walked over and asked if she […]

Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts at Patriots Point

Patriots Point’s overnight stay program is very well known, our programs for elementary through high school are becoming better known, but two youth programs at Patriots Point are poorly known…even most of our staff don’t realize that these programs occur onboard the USS Yorktown.The programs are the Navy League’s Sea Cadet program and the Boy […]

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps , 10 November 1775 – 10 November 2009

The Marine Corps today celebrates its two hundred and thirty fourth year of existence! Happy birthday and many more to an organization which has defended our freedom and woven a everlasting tapestry of amazing stories,  memorable battles and patriotism in action. Below are three of our Marine volunteers and one of our two former Marines […]

November Volunteer Profile – John "Jack" Bretherton

Our volunteer profile for November is on Jack Bretherton. Jack was born and raised in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. His parents signed papers for him his junior year in high school allowing him to join the United States Navy in 1943. After boot camp at Bainbridge, Maryland, he was sent to electrician mates school where he […]

Veteran’s Day Week at Patriots Point 2009

From 07 November to 14 November there will be a plethora of events to celebrate and commemorate Veteran’s Day at Patriots Point, below is the schedule for Veteran’s Day week. Saturday, November 7 Living History Groups onboard the ships at Patriots Point Vintage Vehicles from the SC Military Vehicle Preservation Club on display, landside 9:00am […]

Laffey visited by South Carolina State Senator Glenn McConnell

The Laffey was visited by State Senator Glenn McConnell, Patriots Point Chairman John Hagerty, boardmember Susan Marlowe and executive director Dick Trammel this week. They observed progress on the restoration of Laffey’s hull integrity. See below of pictures from their visit…