Yorktown Crew Members Meet and Greet, 02 October!

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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.

Japanese battleship Yamato listing and under attack from aircraft launched off the USS Yorktown (CV-10).

The Yorktown Association will be returning to their ship for their 62nd Reunion. Former crew members from the World War II, Korea and Vietnam eras will be onboard to tell their stories and to remember brave deeds. The crew of the Yorktown served as naval aviators (pilots), ordnance men, cooks, maintenance crew, radarmen, quartermasters, firefighters, etc. One of our pilots will be an F-6F Hellcat pilot from VF-9 who watched the attack upon and sinking of the world’s largest battleship, IJS Yamato, by the Yorktown’s air group on April 7, 1945.

Japanese battleship Yamato explodes several minutes after taking six torpedoes from VT-9 off USS Yorktown (CV-10).

The crew will autograph posters for youngsters on a first come, first serve basis until supply is exhausted.

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13 thoughts on “Yorktown Crew Members Meet and Greet, 02 October!

  1. My father Frank Picariello said he was evacuated prior to the sinking June 7, 1942 of the USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the battle at Midway. He said he was a gunner. I’d like to know how I can access and validate his history of service in the Navy. Any help and direction greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Frank J. Barton

  2. My Grandfather was on the USS Yorktown during WWII. I would like to know if there is any way of see a list of these men. His name was Dewitt Clinton Gatewood. I believe he was a bosons mate and worked on a 20mm antiaircraft gun. He never talked much about it only when Iask him questions.

    • Hi Andy, thanks for your comment. I’ve passed your inquiry and contact information to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association. They have many of the records and will be able to look for your grandfather on the lists of crewmembers.

      • I’m looking for assistance.

        I am 69 years old. I was born 2/8/1945 in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve always had a fascination for aircraft. I currently live in Taos, New Mexico.

        I’ve had several “flashbacks” of me being involved with the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and the USS Hammond during the battle of Midway.

        Due to the relatively precise images I’ve seen of being wounded on the Yorktown flight deck and then moved to sick bay on the USS Hammond I’m sure that I was there.

        Could anyone help me to find my records of the Yorktown?

        John M. Kessler
        Taos, NM USA

  3. My Grandfather was on the USS Yorktown the battle of Midway during WWII. I would like to know if there is any way of see a list of these men. His name was John F. Wrobel He never talked much about it. I did see his name on a plaque there.

    • Thank you for your email, Mr. Wrobel. I have shared your inquiry with our curatorial staff, as well as the USS Yorktown Association. I hope we will be able to find a list for you. I will keep you posted!

    • Mr. Wrobel,

      I have spoken to our curators, and they shared that the only real way to obtain information about your Grandfather’s service would be to go through the National Archives and request a muster roll for the period during the battle. They added that you would need to look for the end of May 1942 roll; but cautioned that there may not be very complete records for this time period, as the Yorktown was rushed out of Pearl Harbor as soon as repairs were complete and a significant amount of records went down with the ship. I am sorry we do not have more concrete information; but I hope this helps!

  4. I was told that there is a plack with the name Vincent Fortier on the USS Yorktown and that he was a pilot that was killed in WW2. I’m trying to get info on him and his death.

    • Mr. Fortier,

      Thanks for your comment. We have passed along your inquiry to our Curator and asked that they follow up with you directly. Thank you!

  5. Newman Lott served in three theaters of war and participated in the Battle of Midway. He was a motor machinist’s mate first class. He incurred a head injury during this battle. I believe he was on the USS Yorktown. Any help finding his name would be appreciated

  6. Looking for Dad’s (Leroy W Edwards) shipmates from the 1945-46 USS Yorktown crew. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks much.

  7. I am looking for records of my uncle, Kent Brock (Marlin Kent Brock) who served aboard the Yorktown during the Battle of Midway. He was one of the survivors who spent a lot of hours (days) in the water after the abandonment before being rescued. Can anyone give me guidance on how to find information about this? Thanks for any help!

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