Launch’em At Patriots Point

(Are you interested in making a reservation for a helicopter ride at Patriots Point?  Pee Dee Helicopters operates out of Patriots Point and they can be reached directly  at 843-373-8011/info@peedeeheli.com) While flight operations have long since ceased from the flight deck of the “Fighting Lady,” weekends at Patriots Point now find visitors with the option of [...]

Fort Sumter bombardment begins, 12 April 1861

  Confederate forces under Brigadier General Beauregard began the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor this morning at 4:30 AM.  Confederate guns fired from Fort Johnson and several batteries on James Island, batteries on Morris Island, Fort Moultrie and batteries on Sullivan’s Island, a floating battery off the end of the island and a [...]

Mount Pleasant Almost Starts "The War"

In April 1861, war clouds gathered over Charleston Harbor as Major Robert Anderson, commanding the United States garrison at Fort Sumter, waited to be resupplied or evacuated. Charleston Harbor had been heavily fortified by Confederate Brigadier-General Pierre Beauregard and he had been ordered by the Confederate War Department in Montgomery, Alabama, to allow no resupply [...]

Mount Pleasant's Confederate Harbor Batteries: The Sounds Of War Reverberate Again, April 9-14

When the cannons begin booming at Patriots Point during its planned “Day One: April 1861” events in April commemorating the sesquicentennial of America’s bloodiest war, the sounds will elicit memories long removed from Mount Pleasant residents’ consciousness. Come and relive Mount Pleasant’s Civil War history from April 9th until April 14th when the sounds of [...]

Medal of Honor Luncheon and Book Signing on Yorktown Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 11:00 am, our nation’s living Medal of Honor recipients will arrive at Patriots Point and be escorted down the long pier to the USS Yorktown (CV-10), our nation’s most decorated aircraft carrier with fifteen battle stars. For much of the afternoon Yorktown will literally be “Home of the Brave.” Eight hundred and fifty [...]

Blue Angels wow scouts on Yorktown Saturday night!

As the sun set Saturday, 17 April, on the Yorktown, the entire Blue Angels team (officer and enlisted) converged on Hangar Deck 3 to meet and greet our weekend campers! Every pilot, except LT C. J. Simonsen (who was doing a maintenance hop getting a jet ready for Sunday’s performance), showed up to talk with [...]

Scout Bomber Douglas (SBD) aka Douglas Dauntless

The SBD (scout bomber Douglas) was the most significant aircraft of the Pacific War as it was responsible for the sinking of six Japanese aircraft carriers and 60% of the Japanese ships sunk by aircraft. 5,936 of these dive bombers were built by Douglas from 1940 to 1944 (950 specifically for the Army Air Corp). [...]

Countdown to July 4th!!!

Another amazing, wonderful, beautiful 4th of July approaches Patriots Point…We were rated as one of the TOP 5 Independence Day celebrations by the New York Times…this year we celebrate the 233rd birthday of the United States and its history of freedom and light to the world. Join us here as we watch the “bombs burst [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]