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 […]
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown Foundation welcome all Vietnam veterans, and those who wish to honor their service, to The Welcome Home Party You Never Got on April 24th, 2015 from 7:00-10:30 PM. It will be an opportunity to celebrate our Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service to this country. […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Thursday, March 5 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima with a free symposium that will feature three survivors of the attack. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. onboard the USS YORKTOWN. The panel of speakers will […]
Over 400 people attended the Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium hosted at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Friday, February 6, 2015 as part of Black History Month. The insightful panelists shared their experiences with the issues of desegregation and military service during the 1960s–a difficult time for the African-American community played out against […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Friday, Feb. 6 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a symposium to delve into the history of North Charleston’s Liberty Hill Community and the estimated 60 young African-American men who went on to war during some of the most turbulent times in American history.
The Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium will feature three guest panelists from Liberty Hill: Odell Price, Alfreda Levaine and Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby. Odell Price was one of the five original students to transfer out of Bonds-Wilson High School, a segregated African-American School, and into North Charleston High School in 1965 following the passing of the Civil Rights Act. After graduating, he fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
Alfreda Levaine grew up in Liberty Hill during the 1960’s and is the sister of Nathan White – one of eight Liberty Hill residents killed in the war.
Councilman Henry Darby is the author of Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men, a book that chronicles eight Liberty Hill residents who were killed in Vietnam and examines the perspective of war from veterans who made it home safely.
Respected Charleston musicians, Lonnie Hamilton and Ann Caldwell, will perform the National Anthem, and students from North Charleston High School will read poetry.
The symposium is free and open to the public. It will begin at 11:00 a.m. inside the USS YORKTOWN’s Smokey Stover Theater. The event is part of Patriots Point’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. It will be streamed live through the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s Livestream channel. Click Here for a link
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 […]
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will ask visitors to name their own admission price during the first weekend of 2015, January 3 and 4. This will be the fourth year the museum has offered a “Pay-What-You-Can” weekend. Instead of paying the standard admission and parking fees, guests are able to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]