Former CH-46 Sea Knight pilot lends expertise to Vietnam Experience Exhibit

When Joe Caruso joined the Marines in 1968 on an aviation contract, he had never even seen an airplane. Three years later, he was piloting a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter as part of the last operational squadron in Vietnam, HMM-164.  “We were the quick reactionary force pulled in to transport the South Vietnamese forces during […]

USS YORKTOWN Countdown 2015, Charleston New Year’s Eve

On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant, SC will not be occupied with the usual wanderers exploring a decommissioned ship. Instead, it will be transformed into the third annual Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration. This exclusive event will provide multiple admission level options, great live music and […]

Vietnam Experience Exhibit to Open November 8

The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is using state-of-the-art technology to bring the history of the Vietnam War to life in a new two and one-half acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit. The new exhibit opens on Saturday, Nov. 8. It features more than a dozen components that simulate life during wartime in a “Brown Water […]

Former Shipmates Enjoy 66th Annual USS Yorktown CV-10 Association Reunion

More than 150 former shipmates of the USS Yorktown CV-10, family members and friends gathered onboard The Fighting Lady from October 16-18, 2014 for their 66th annual reunion.  There were many smiles and stories passed around and a few tears shed in the more solemn and reflective moments, but by all accounts the reunion was […]

Yorktown CV-10 Association Meet & Greet held Saturday

A highlight of the 66th Annual Yorktown CV-10 Association Reunion this past weekend was the “Meet & Greet” held Saturday onboard the 71-year old ship.  The table of former shipmates available to talk with museum guests included “plank owners” who were the first to serve on the ship in 1943, as well as sailors who […]

Come meet true heroes of the USS Yorktown on Saturday

More than 100 former shipmates of the USS Yorktown will gather at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum this weekend for the 66th Annual USS Yorktown CV-10 Association reunion. One of the highlights of the reunion, for attendees and museum visitors, is the “Meet and Greet” session that will take place on Saturday, October 18 […]

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Leaves Lasting Impression at Patriots Point

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall memorial packed up and left town on Sunday afternoon, but its impact will linger for all who came to see it. Veterans, civilians and people of all ages came to view the wall while it was on display from Thursday, October 9 at 5 p.m. until it […]

Work continues on schedule for new Vietnam Experience exhibit

Efforts to create a more inclusive and interactive Vietnam Experience exhibit are well underway at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.   The new exhibit is on schedule to open in November. It will include replicas of a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy advanced tactical support base (Brown Water Navy) and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery firebase. The […]

USS Laffey Reunion Holds Memorial Service

Every year, former shipmates of the USS Laffey gather together for a reunion.  While a reunion provides a happy occasion for former shipmates to reconnect and reminisce while sharing memories of their time served aboard the same ship, it also allows for a more solemn event.  Each year, the Laffey’s shipmates take time to remember […]

American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall Coming to Patriots Point

The largest traveling replica of the iconic Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime museum Oct. 9-12. The 360-foot long, eight-foot tall American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Wall is 80 percent scale of the memorial in Washington D.C. It contains the names of every one of the 58,272 […]