Battle of Okinawa Memorial Held 70 Years After Kamikaze Attack on USS Laffey

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, seven World War II veterans who served in the Okinawa campaign assembled on the fantail of the USS Yorktown overlooking the USS Laffey to remember their brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Okinawa.  From April 1 to June 22, 1945, more than 12,000 American lives were […]

Large audience comes to see Heroes of Iwo Jima: 70 Years Later

Hundreds attended the Heroes of Iwo Jima Symposium onboard the USS Yorktown on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to hear a first-hand account from three veterans who served in that iconic battle. Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient to have been awarded that honor for valor in the Battle of […]

Collins Engineers Release Structural Report On The USS YORKTOWN

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – After more than 40 years of resting in the salty waters of Charleston Harbor, it has been determined that the USS Yorktown is in relatively great shape structurally. On Friday, Jan. 16 a representative from Collins Engineering told the Patriots Point Development Authority’s Board of Directors that it would cost an […]

Nearly 500 Sailors Volunteer During Day of Caring at Patriots Point

On Friday, November 14, nearly 500 sailors from the Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) came to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring.  This special day is a time for local groups and organizations to volunteer […]

Taking a walk down memory lane, a former sailor retraces his steps after 60 years


The sailors have been replaced by tourists, the bomb elevator replaced by one that now carries only families, but for Allan Eisenecker much of the USS YORKTOWN remains as it was more than 62 years ago, when he walked aboard the ship while serving in the U.S. Navy in the 1950’s. “I was a Machinist’s […]

Centennial of Naval Aviation

Next year, 2011, will mark the centennial of Naval Aviation in the United States Navy. It will be a year marked by many celebrations and remembrances across the nation of the contribution of men and women who served flying or fixing or servicing the many aircraft of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Stay tuned […]

January 2009 Volunteer Profile

Our volunteers are key in helping bring the ships and aircraft of Patriots Point to life. Our first volunteer profile is on former World War 2, Marine Corps Dauntless and Corsair pilot Bill Cart. Born and raised in Charleston, he attended the Citadel from 1940-42, when he was accepted into the Navy V-7 program for […]

USS Yorktown awaits Apollo 8's splashdown! Borman reports moon made of American cheese!

Nine hundred miles southwest of Hawaii at 9:31 AM (Houston time), the USS Yorktown (CV-10) awaited the splashdown of Apollo 8 just off Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll. Unlike previous missions, the Apollo missions would return to earth at the speed of 25,000 miles per hour. They would need a nominal reentry angle of 6.4 […]