Special Operations Parachutists Land on Yorktown!

At 3 PM this afternoon four members of the Army Special Operations Command parachute team made perfect landings on the windy flight deck of Yorktown. See pictures below. The team will be conducting additional jumps during the Charleston Harborfest this weekend.

Day Three YLC (Youth Leadership Conference)

Here is the class picture of this year’s YLCers, a good looking group of America’s young men and women, future leaders of our country. This morning TV weatherman and Air Force reservist  Bill Walsh talked to the students and this afternoon Major General James Livingston, USMC (Ret) is speaking to the students. Click here to […]

Patriots Point's 10th Youth Leadership Conference

Today begins the 10th Youth Leadership Conference to be held onboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriots Point. The conference on Yorktown began in 1999 and is sponsored by Patriots Point and the Military Order of the World Wars.  Today seventy five rising high school seniors and juniors will arrive at lunch and depart on […]

Midway Anniversary June 1942

The battle of Midway took place 67 years ago today. It was to be the turning of the tide against Japanese conquest of the Pacific. The Japanese brought 4 of their 10 carriers to the battle, because they believed we only had two left in the Pacific. However, USS Yorktown (CV-5) had not been sunk […]

Park Ridge Christian completes whirlwind tour of Patriots Point's education programs

Back in May, 06-08, Park Ridge Christian school arrived at Patriots Point for a round robin tour of all our education programs (I think this was a FIRST). During their time here, they completed the Beach Program, oceanography, aviation and astronomy programs. The leader for the group was Sue Drake (her father was a Naval […]

Memorial Day at Patriots Point's Vietnam Base

A crowd of around 300 assembled at 0900 on Monday, 25 May, to observe the nation’s Memorial Day.  Families, veterans, politicians, and newscrews gathered in our Vietnam Support Base.  Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Colonel “Mac” Radcliffe spoke to the crowd. “Mac” served as a company commander at Khe Sahn with First Battlion, Ninth Marines. […]

A Memorial Day Remembrance

More are men’s ends mark’d than their lives before: The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past. William Shakespeare, Richard II It is in the cool fall mornings as I walk down the pier to Yorktown that I […]

Memorial Day Program at Patriots Point, 25 May 0900

Patriots Point and the town of Mount Pleasant will welcome veterans and visitors to our Memorial Day service at 0900 on Monday, 25 May 2009.  The program will be conducted at our Vietnam Support Base (In case of rain: Hangar Bay 3)  and admission to the ceremony is FREE. After 10 AM visitors will need […]

A Marine Skyhawk Pilot's Vietnam Nightmare!

Just I was getting ready to give a program on the A-4 Skyhawk yesterday, one of our visitors boldly asked me how much I wanted to know about the A-4.  I quickly took him up on his offer after I learned he was a Vietnam Marine Corps pilot who flew with VMA-311 based at Chu […]

Rings of Saturn from flightdeck of Yorktown

This past Saturday night over 20 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and parents ventured up to the flight deck for an one hour astronomy class. We covered the following areas: Explain what light pollution is and how it and air pollution affect astronomy. Name the five most visible planets.  Explain which ones can appear in phases […]