Final preps to get Laffey and Ingham underway!

Final preps are now underway to prepare Laffey and Ingham for towing. Laffey departs next Wednesday for the Detyen’s shipyard drydock at the old Charleston Navy Base . Her future return will be announced later. Read the News and Courier story here… Ingham follows on Thursday and is bound eventually to the Truman Annex facility […]

F-6F Hellcat Podcast

The Grumman F-6F Hellcat was the United States Navy’s primary fighter aircraft from mid 1943 till the end of the war.¬† It achieved a combat kill ratio of 19-1. The first landing on the USS Yorktown was made by a Hellcat flown by CAG-5 (Commander Air Group Five) LCDR James H. Flatley, Jr., on 06 […]

August Volunteer Profile – Jim Morrow at Tarawa and his Okinawa monkey story

Our August volunteer profile is on Jim Morrow. Jim grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and joined the United States Marines after high school in 1942. He got on his bus to Parris Island on 07 December, 1942. After PI he went for more training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from late January 1943 until […]

F-4F-3A Wildcat Podcast

We will begin offering podcasts on various aircraft and tours at Patriots Point. This should prove especially valuable to visiting guests as they will be able to download these podcasts for use in touring Patriots Point. You can subscribe to our future podcasts by clicking on the subscribe link on the right side of the […]

Happy 100th Birthday, John Finn, Pearl Harbor MOH recipient!

Today marks the 100th birthday of our oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, John Finn. His actions at Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941 showed the spirit of the fighting American character. You can read more about his amazing action here. He was here at Patriots Point for the dedication of the Congressional Medal of […]

Major Everett Pope, USMC, 16 July 1919 – 16 July 2009

During my short tenure with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS headquarters are located onboard the YORKTOWN), I had the privilege of working with Medal of Honor recipient Everett Pope. Everett lived in Amelia Island, Florida. He had retired there after working as a banker in Boston until 1982. He was a soft spoken, […]

Preparations for Laffey departure!

Preparations have been under way to get Laffey ready for her short trip to Detyens Shipyard drydock at the old Charleston Navy Base. In the picture above, you can see the equipment located on the pier being used to get Laffey ready for her tow to drydock. Notice the red flag (Bravo in the Navy […]

Naval aviators in space!

Forty years ago today at 9:32 AM (EST) Apollo 11 launched from Pad 39A on its way to the moon. The mission commander was former naval aviator Neil Armstrong. Neil had honed his pilot skills by taking off and landing on Essex class carriers¬† from 1950 to 1952. Attached to VF-51 onboard the USS Essex […]

Summertime and the living is easy!!!

Our flight deck and parking lot continues to be filled with families vacationing from all over the United States and the world. Just this week I have talked to visitors from Scotland, France, Germany, Japan and South Africa. Even though school is out we still have had a few school groups aboard. Today we had […]

July Volunteer Profile

This month we profile our volunteer with the most longevity at Patriots Point…Lloyd Conard has been greeting visitors and conducting tours for our guests since January 1995. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, he has always had a fascination with naval aviation and as a young boy used to sit outside the fence of the Johnsville […]