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Meet USS Yorktown Veterans During Annual Reunion

patriotspoint Mar 18, 2022

After a two-year delay, the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will once again echo with the memories and laughter of those who served on her. Yorktown veterans will gather for the 73rd reunion of the USS Yorktown CV-10 Association April 4 – 6, 2022.

The association of former crew members was formed in 1948, and its members meet every year to celebrate the history of the USS Yorktown, meet old friends and make new ones. Over the years many of the members have introduced their families to the ship, sharing memories of their life aboard this national treasure. On Wednesday, April 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the public is invited to a Meet & Greet, when World War II veterans will be celebrated, having joined the centenarians (100 years old) club. A birthday cake will be presented to World War II pilot, Lt. Arthur Leach, who turns 102 years old on May 1st . The Meet & Greet is a special time when visitors to the ship can meet and talk with the crew members. This year, a 73rd Reunion ship’s poster will be given to visitors, who can use it to collect autographs from the veterans. Normal admission rates apply.

The USS Yorktown was christened by Eleanor Roosevelt and commissioned April 15, 1943. During her 27 years of service to the country, she earned 15 Battle Stars and numerous medals and citations. She was the oldest carrier serving the country when she was decommissioned in 1970. When the Yorktown Association learned their beloved “Fighting Lady” was headed for the welder’s torch to be sold for scrap, they quickly marshaled their collective financial support and influence. They appealed to corporations, Congress, the Department of the Navy, and local and state governments. The result in 1975 was a new life for the Yorktown as one of only 5 aircraft carrier museums in the country and the crown jewel of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.

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