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 […]

May's Volunteer Profile – Dr. "Chip" Biernbaum

Our May volunteer is Dr. “Chip” Biernbaum, who was born on Pearl Harbor Day (07 Dec) 1946 in Woodstown, NJ, 15 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. He spent as much free time as he could investigating curious creatures and beasts that lived in the streams, lakes and forests around his home. His interest in World War […]

VA-72 "Blue Hawks" find a ready deck on YORKTOWN!

The VA-72 “Blue Hawks” entered the break today at 800 feet and 250 knots…all received an OK-3 as they arrived onboard YORKTOWN.  I had the privilege and pleasure of leading their reunion around the ship, I listened more to their stories, but I did tell a few myself. VA-72 was the first Skyhawk squadron in […]

Spring tide at Patriots Point

Today is a very busy one at Patriots Point with over 1000 school and adult visitors scheduled to arrive for educational programs and tours of our ships and aircraft.  The weather is sunny and the temperature will be 83 degrees today. Here we see one of our aircraft maintenance staff, Joe Campbell, doing a spring […]

Troop 9 Worcester, MA, Flight Training at Patriots Point

Just as the Navy selected Pensacola, Florida, for the site of naval air training due to good weather conditions, Troop 9 out of Worcester, Massachusetts elected to come south to the USS Yorktown for flight training on a beautiful spring day in April. Led by Scoutmaster John Atlas (a scoutmaster for 23 years!) Troop 9 […]