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.

Veteran's Day on the YORKTOWN

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. My wife’s grandfather, D. K. McGill was on his way to the front in France on 11 November 1918 when he heard Frenchmen running down the road towards his artillery unit, crying out, “La guerre fini! La guerre [...]

Call the ball!

“Call the ball,” is the traditional welcome of the LSO (Landing Signal Officer) to an arriving pilot attempting to land aboard a very small, pitching deck at sea. Welcome to the first blog onboard the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum <http://www.patriotspoint.org/>. I promise your landings here at this blog will [...]