Blue Angels over Charleston Harbor & USS Yorktown (CV-10)

The Blue Angels put on a dazzling display of airmanship today over Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown. The weather was beautiful, sunny, warm with a slight sea breeze out of the south. The harbor was teeming with small craft as sailboats and powerboats rode at anchor to enjoy the show in between two of […]

USS Laffey Attacked! 65 years ago today…

One day after Yorktown’s birthday, 16 April marks the 65 anniversary of the Japanese attack on the USS Laffey (DD-724)…when I first arrived at Patriots Point I was talking with a gentleman one day on the Laffey. We were back by the aft 5 inch guns and he told me that was these guns were […]

USS Yorktown's 67th Birthday Bash!

Yesterday we celebrated the 67th birthday of the USS Yorktown’s commissioning at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 April 1943. Present for our ceremony were plank owner (and original crewmember) Rev. Harold Syfrett, the first air wing commanding officer’s son and former Executive Director at Patriots Point retired Rear Admiral Jim Flatley¬† and current active United States Navy […]

Blue Angels arrive in the Lowcountry with Fleur-de-lis!

The Blues arrived a little ahead of schedule as they made their initial passes over USS Yorktown at 10:08 AM on the Fighting Lady’s 67th birthday today, 15 April. As they arrived from Navy Pensacola they made their initial orientation passes over Yorktown and the Charleston Harbor area where they will be conducting their airshow […]

April Volunteer Profile – Hank Siegfried

Our April volunteer profile is on Hank Siegfried.¬† He grew up in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1957. In November he was invited by his Uncle Sam to enlist in either the US Army or the US Navy, some of his relatives encouraged him to go to sea and so he did… […]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 3 and 4

In the next two segments of the miniseries we see the results of riding the roller coaster of wartime emotions…from joy and life to horror and death…it is a tough life for young soldiers, some are able to handle the ride though they are forever changed…and some never recover or come home… Part 3…After four […]

Breaking News at Patriots Point – Laffey finds a new home!

Just released on the Patriots Point web site it has been announced that the USS Laffey will be moving to a new berth on Shem Creek. Mount Pleasant town officials are overjoyed at the move of the Laffey to the prominent tourist destination of seafood restaurants located on Shem Creek. Local restaurant developer To Kayo […]

Blue Angel and Navy Week Update!

It is confirmed that the Blues will fly two shows over Charleston Harbor between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. One on 17 April and one on 18 April from 2 to 3 PM. The Blue Angel team will also speak to and meet with Boy Scout campers on the USS Yorktown Saturday night from 7 to […]

VF-14 Tophatters Land Onboard Yorktown!

Today a group of former VF-14 pilots from the 1950’s arrived at Patriots Point for a reunion on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). VF-14 is the Navy’s oldest active duty fighter squadron and is still in existence today as VFA-15. Most of this group of Tophatters had flown with the squadron during the 1950 to 1957 […]