April Volunteer Profile – George Lodge – aeronautical engineer

Our April volunteer profile features our only aeronautical engineer, George Lodge,who worked for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company from 1939 to 1947. He grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  George worked on the Martin 167/187/B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner patrol bomber, JRM-Mars, and the XB48 […]

E. L. Wright technology visit

Every year (at least for the last 3 if not more)  in March/April E. L. Wright middle school from Columbia, SC, comes to the USS Yorktown to learn about technology from World War II. This year around 95 students and their teachers arrived on Tuesday afternoon armed with notebooks, pens and pencils…and very eager to […]

The Amazing Fred Fox story!

Sixty four years ago, the Yorktown (CV-10) was engaged in softening up Okinawa for the Army/Marine invasion on 01 April.  On the morning of 26 March, VBF-9 and VT-9 off the “Fighting Lady” were busy bombing, rocketing and strafing Japanese forces at Yontan and Kadena airfields on Okinawa. After two passes hitting targets at Yontan, […]

Scout aviators from Indiana

Troop 646 from Guilford, Indiana, spent two days and nights of  adventure on USS Yorktown, Monday and Tuesday this week. They had a great time in the aviation class and here we see them in front of the F-4J Phantom. They reviewed their lessons on the four forces of aerodynamics and the three flight axis […]

Japanese bomb and Ghost bomb strike Yorktown!!!

Sixty four years ago on 18 March while conducting operations off Okinawa, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was struck by a Japanese bomb at 1507 (3:07 PM) when a Judy dive bomber came out of the clouds dead ahead of the ship. The bomb struck on the starboard (right) side of the signal bridge on the […]

March Volunteer Profile – Dick Whitaker

Our March volunteer profile is on PFC (Private First Class) Dick Whitaker. Upon his graduation from high school in Saugerites, New York, in 1944, the United States Marine Corp gave him an amazing senior trip. He first travelled to the posh resort of Parris Island, SC, when he received basic training. Upon completion Dick travelled […]

Phantom…Lights on Yorktown!!!

Beautiful, warm (71 degrees) weather on the Yorktown today. Everything is marvelous and the seas are calm. Here is an image of three of our stalwart Friday volunteers as they roamed the flight deck in the spring weather in front of our F-4J Phantom. Our F-4J served as Blue Angel number 5 (lead solo position) […]

February Volunteer Profile – Bob Barkus

Our volunteer profile this month is on Merchant Marine Bob Barkus.  His father and mother immigrated to New York City from England in 1926. Bob was born in Brooklyn July 1928. He was 13 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Bob wanted to enlist in the Navy, but with the war winding down and his age […]

Henry E. "Red" Erwin

Today I met the granddaughter of Henry E. “Red” Erwin. Jennifer Michaels and her two sons, David (6) and Will (3), were here to visit the Congressional Medal of Honor museum, while her Air Force husband was at Charleston Air Force Base on temporary duty. A picture of her grandfather graces one of the museum’s […]