Patriots Point's Grumman Wildcat F4F-3A

Oh Mother, dear Mother, take down that blue star; Replace it with one that is Gold. Your son is a Wildcat pilot, He’ll never be thirty years old. (WW 2 Author unknown) Pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan in 1988, the Wildcat on display in Hangar Bay One of the USS Yorktown is one […]

United States Declares War on the Imperial Japanese Empire, 1941

Interestingly, the United States declared war on the same date that the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Because of the International Dateline, the Japanese attack came on 08 December in Japan, and President Roosevelt would make his speech asking for a declaration of war from Congress on 08 December. Listen to President Roosevelt as […]

Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point 2010

Today two hundred and sixty-six Americans gathered on a cold, windy 07 December at Patriots Point to remember Pearl Harbor. The memorial program was put together and run by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10624, Glenn Jeffers Post and the South Carolina Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Six Pearl Harbor survivors attended the ceremony:  […]

Happy 100th Birthday, John Finn, Pearl Harbor MOH recipient!

Today marks the 100th birthday of our oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, John Finn. His actions at Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941 showed the spirit of the fighting American character. You can read more about his amazing action here. He was here at Patriots Point for the dedication of the Congressional Medal of […]

1st week of December 1941

The first week of December 1941 changed our nation forever. On 01 December the keel of USS Yorktown (then USS Bon Homme Richard) was laid at Newport News shipbuilding in Newport News, VA.  Six days later the Japanese imperial navy attacked Pearl Harbor and the nation was at war.