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 […]

Patriots Point opens anticipated Vietnam Experience exhibit

On Saturday, November 8 the Vietnam Experience exhibit opened at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.  Vietnam veterans were offered free admission on both Saturday and Sunday and hundreds came to see the new exhibit.  About 10 Vietnam veterans each day were on hand to talk with visitors about their experiences; they were stationed throughout […]

Former CH-46 Sea Knight pilot lends expertise to Vietnam Experience Exhibit

When Joe Caruso joined the Marines in 1968 on an aviation contract, he had never even seen an airplane. Three years later, he was piloting a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter as part of the last operational squadron in Vietnam, HMM-164.  “We were the quick reactionary force pulled in to transport the South Vietnamese forces during […]

Vietnam Experience Exhibit to Open November 8

The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is using state-of-the-art technology to bring the history of the Vietnam War to life in a new two and one-half acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit. The new exhibit opens on Saturday, Nov. 8. It features more than a dozen components that simulate life during wartime in a “Brown Water […]

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Leaves Lasting Impression at Patriots Point

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall memorial packed up and left town on Sunday afternoon, but its impact will linger for all who came to see it. Veterans, civilians and people of all ages came to view the wall while it was on display from Thursday, October 9 at 5 p.m. until it […]

Work continues on schedule for new Vietnam Experience exhibit

Efforts to create a more inclusive and interactive Vietnam Experience exhibit are well underway at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.   The new exhibit is on schedule to open in November. It will include replicas of a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy advanced tactical support base (Brown Water Navy) and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery firebase. The […]

Patriots Point to Honor Victims of 9/11 with Special Remembrance Ceremony

On Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will hold a ceremony in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who were murdered 13 years ago in the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. The free ceremony will […]

Patriots Point Selects Bennett Hospitality as Developer of Waterfront Property

The Patriots Point Development Authority (PPDA) Board of Directors selected Bennett Hospitality as developer for approximately 50 acres of highland property owned by the PPDA. The decision is subject to the approval of a 99-year lease. Bennett Hospitality is one of the largest locally owned development and real estate companies in Charleston, S.C. In addition, […]

Bringing history to life: 1st Marine Division Meet and Greet

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Wednesday, the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum hosted a Meet and Greet event with six 1st Marine Division veterans. Three of the Marines fought in Vietnam, two fought in the Korean War, and one fought in World War II. Each of the men sat down and fielded questions from a crowd of people who […]

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

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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 […]