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 […]

Before and After Laffey, Ingham

Here are a few before and after images of Laffey and Ingham at Patriots Point. People are now wondering what the view will be on Laffey’s return, read more in the Post and Courier story here…

Laffey in dry dock…

Laffey in floating drydock, AFDL-47, at Detyen’s Shipyard in North Charleston, SC. She will be fitted for a new 3/8″ bottom from bow to stern, five new bulkheads in the four machinery spaces, and new transverse/longitudinal frames and foundations in Machinery Rooms 1 – 4.

FBI returns stolen Medals of Honor to museum!

Last Friday the FBI returned two stolen Civil War Medals of Honor to the Medal of Honor museum here at Patriots Point. Since there is still an ongoing investigation into the medals stolen from the museum in 2004, no details were released on the recovery of these medals.  Mount Pleasant resident and Vietnam Medal of […]

Laffey at Detyen's shipyard!

Below are several pictures of the Laffey’s arrival at Detyen’s Shipyard. Read the Charleston News and Courier story here. Read the Moultrie News coverage here. See video here…

Laffey departs on schedule!

Former crew members, Patriots Point staff and the news media were on hand earlier this morning to watch the departure of USS Laffey to Detyen’s Shipyard. Exactly at 0715, Laffey began to ease out of her berth and was met by loud cheers and “Hurray!” from onlookers aboard Yorktown and smaller vessels lying off in […]

USS Laffey to depart at 0715, 19 August!

The USS Laffey is scheduled to depart the Patriots Point complex at 0715 tomorrow morning. Look for pictures and video of her departure in future posts this week.

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 […]