Victory at Yorktown, 1781

Today marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the American and French defeat of the British Army under Lord General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Above is the John Trumbull’s oil painting of the surrender, in which Lord Cornwallis declined to appear, but sent his second General O’Hara to offer his sword. Read here for […]

Video Thursday! Launch'em…..

Today marks my first Video Thursday! Each week I will save up my favorite videos or most newsworthy ones and post them for your pre-weekend entertainment or edification. First is my favorite this week, courtesy of VFA-195 off the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, not the music so much as the awesome airmanship! Let’s pull some […]

Young sailors bring new look to Yorktown's flight deck!

    “Sleep softly my old love my beauty in the dark night is a dream we have as you know as you know” W. S. Merwin Yesterday a group of dedicated young ROTC midshipmen/cadets from The Citadel and one Petty Officer from Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) assembled on the USS Yorktown to […]

Yorktown Association Meet and Greet, 2010

Former crew members of the USS Yorktown held a “Meet and Greet” on Saturday, 02 October 2010, for visitors onboard.  They talked about their service on the “Fighting Lady” and signed a limited edition poster of the USS Yorktown in its World War II and Vietnam configurations. A couple even brought their old scrapbooks filled […]

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 […]

Yorktown Crew Members Meet and Greet, 02 October!

Former crew members of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) from World War II through Vietnam will hold a “Meet and Greet” for visiting guests and children this  Saturday, October 2nd, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Yorktown Association will be returning to their ship for their 62nd Reunion. Former crew members from the World War […]

Patriot Day, September 11, 2010

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. gates open for visitors to walk aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point for our Patriot Day commemorative program. Our color guard will consist of firefighters from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from the Coastal Carolina Council as  a part of Scout Surge 911. […]

Volunteer Profile on Dr. Art Schmitt – Helicopter pilot extraordinaire!

One beautiful summer day a 15-year-old boy and future Eagle Scout looked up into the New Jersey sky and saw a Marine F4U Corsair fly over in a low pass, he said to himself, “That’s what I want to do one day!” Be careful what you wish for… Art Schmitt grew up in Brooklyn, New […]

USS Yorktown's 67th Birthday Bash!

Yesterday we celebrated the 67th birthday of the USS Yorktown’s commissioning at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 April 1943. Present for our ceremony were plank owner (and original crewmember) Rev. Harold Syfrett, the first air wing commanding officer’s son and former Executive Director at Patriots Point retired Rear Admiral Jim Flatley  and current active United States Navy […]

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). […]