Resignation of Todd Cummins

April 18, 2020 A little over a week ago Todd Cummins resigned as Executive Director of the USS Yorktown Association. Todd was a very valuable asset to the Association and his presence, smiles and talents will be missed. We will not only miss Todd, but his family as well. We wish the absolute best for Todd, Cathy, Josh and Jon. …

Let’s join Art Leach to Celebrate his 100th Birthday on May 1, 2020

Attention All Hands: Be a part of celebrating Art Leach’s 100th birthday on May 1. Art loves to receive snail mail so send him a Birthday card addressed to: Art Leach 308 East Elk Street Odell, Illinois  60460 Ed Sarkasian Jr. recently told a Fox news affiliate “A very special friend of mine turns “100 years young” on May 1st.  …

We Were Sailors

1958-59 Far East Cruise By Terry G. Fritz. Ed’s Note: This is the third part of a multi-part piece written by Terry G. Fritz covering his experiences on the 1958 – 1959 WESTPAC. We went back to Pearl Harbor to get rid of the O.R.I. team and have a little celebration. This was on a Friday. Monday we got underway for …

Stranded in Rotterdam

By Steven R. Butler When the Yorktown left Norfolk in September 1969, I was on leave from my previous duty station. It wasn’t until I arrived at Norfolk in mid-September that I learned the ship had already departed for a 3-month cruise. After spending a miserable three weeks in the transient barracks in Norfolk and a further (and much more …

Memories of The Wife of A Yorktown Sailor

By Lorena R. Farrar In August 1955, my soon-to-be husband, Ted W. Farrar, was unexpectedly transferred from the Air Traffic Control School at the U. S. Naval Air Station in Olathe, KS (my hometown) to the USS Yorktown CVA-10, which was in dry dock in Bremerton, WA. On arrival, he questioned why he was being sent to an aircraft carrier, …

How Did It Start?

The following is from “ALL HANDS” of January 1967 and is reprinted with permission from that magazine. Paddle Landings Took Skill For nearly six decades, Navy pilots have progressed through various stages of carrier landings ranging from the seat-of-the-pants methods to the fully automatic landings now becoming operational. (Remember this article was written in 1967.) Antisubmarine Squadron 22 claims for …

The Roll

By Art Francis This piece is a composition based on information received from Dan Bernath, Steven Butler, Neil O’Connor, Dave Garrison, and the Department of the Navy, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, VA. Wandering through the Hospitality Room and mingling with attendees at the various functions during an annual Reunion of the Yorktown Association is a terrific way to learn unique …

Things I Remember

A story told by Ben Couillard: I remember that when I was 16, 17 and 18 years old, I was serving aboard the USS Yorktown CV10 as a member of the Flight Deck fire crew. We were returning to Pearl Harbor, HI after participating in the invasion of Tarawa and adjacent islands in the Marshalls and Gilberts in the latter …

Veteran’s Corner

Among the many exotic ports most American Sailors visit when doing a WESTPAC – Western Pacific – deployment is Hong Kong. Sailors usually also enjoy memorable port visits to Singapore, Japan and the Philippines and sometimes on the way home, Australia. But the one thing most remembered about the WESTPAC port visits was a lady in Hong Kong named Mary …

Behind Enemy Lines

This Story goes back over 50 years to the fall of 1961. I was on my third and final Far East cruise aboard the USS Yorktown. I was assigned to V-6 Division upon arrival at the Yorktown from boot camp in Chicago. You might say I had good timing. V-6 Division took care of all the rolling stock assigned to …

Traveling by Railroad in 1944

Written by William (Willie) Lagarde. When Yorktown pulled into Bremerton, Washington in Sep 1944 I was looking forward to my first leave in twenty months. I was happy to see USS Dale as one of the three destroyers that escorted us in from the fleet because one of my back home buddies, Lutchie Wieland ,was a crew member. I was …

The Beginning of WestPac 1968

Based on the experiences of Melvin Bien and Art Francis I received a note from Melvin Bien shortly before Christmas 2015. In the note Melvin related the story of a submarine that Yorktown chased on the way to Pearl Harbor in January of 1968, and when one sailor tells a story it reminds every sailor within earshot of something with …

Chopper Down in the South China Sea

At the October 2015 Reunion of the Association, I enjoyed a long visit with Donald R. Heck and this is his story. Donald served aboard Yorktown as an AMS3 with a detachment from HU-1 as the ship worked up and deployed for the 1964-1965 WestPac. HU-1 was a utility helicopter squadron that provided small detachments to carriers of the Pacific …

2019 Yorktown Crew Reunion Brings more than 300 to Patriots Point

After several months of preparation and planning, the 2019 USS Yorktown Crew Reunion is over after just a few days. The Yorktown Association hosted over 300 guests for a three-day event with about 120 of those guests being Yorktown veterans. The 71st Yorktown Reunion centered around the theme of the Apollo 8 splashdown that the Fighting Lady assisted with during …

Magic Carpet II

Every old sailor is familiar with the “Magic Carpet” business at the end of World War II when personnel were ferried back to the States from both Europe and the Pacific. As early as 1943, the Pentagon began contingency planning for returning millions of personnel from overseas whenever victory was won. It was an enormous task, sardonically cited by cartoonist …

USS Yorktown 71st Reunion

Mark your calendars for October 17th-19th as we are full steam ahead making plans and preparing for the Association’s 71st annual reunion. As additional details become available we will update this information. In the meantime, you can make reservations at our reunion hotel at (843) 856-8817 just ask for Peggy. In addition to the website, updates will be dispersed through …

Lake Michigan A Naval Aviation Gold Mine

On December 7, 1941–a day that will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.    The attack which  began at 7:55 Hawaii time (12:55 EST) lasted less than two hours. The assault claimed the lives of more than 2,400, wounded  1,000 more and damaged or …

Legacy Children

Legacy Children – by Mary Branning Why do my siblings and I continue to support the Association and attend the Annual Yorktown Reunions?  I could sum it up in two words – My Dad.  But that wouldn’t make for much of an article. My Dad, TMV/2 Ed Branning, only served on the Yorktown from 1943-1945, fighting in the Pacific during …

2016 U.S.S Yorktown Memorial Service

Push the play button below to experience the sights and sounds of the 2016 Yorktown Association Memorial service which was held in Hangar Bay I during the annual reunion.

Yorktown Interactive Timeline

Click below to learn the history of the Yorktown from when her keel was laid to when she arrived at Patriots Point. As you may know the crew has taken part in historical interviews when they visit the ship; intermingled within the timeline we’ve used some of those interviews. Moving forward this timeline will expand to include more events and …

Apollo 8 Recovered by Yorktown

It was December 27th, 1968 when Apollo reentered the pull of earth’s atmosphere and Yorktown recovered Apollo 8. A Yorktown Sea King from HS-4 recovered Astronauts, Navy Capt. James Lovell, Air Force Col. Frank Borgman and Air Force Major William Anders. after Frogman from UDT-12 assisted them from the space capsule. The Yorktown proved to be a skillful and integral …

In Their Words, WW II Crewmember, Edward Joyeusaz

In the latest installment of “In Their Words”, Edward Joyeusaz Seaman 1st class from S Division and  World War II Crew member from the Yorktown tells his story about when a bomb hit the “Lucky Lady”. In his words.

Mrs. Roosevelt Christens the USS Yorktown

On January 21st of 1943 (or January 22nd according to Mrs. Roosevelt), the USS Yorktown CV-10 was launched into the water, nearly three quarters complete. She was christened by Eleanor Roosevelt, who had also christened the USS Yorktown CV-5 in April, 1936. Apparently, the CV-10 was eager to get into the water and head into battle. The Yorktown slid out of …

In Their Words, The Fighting Lady March by Ray Huston

We hope that you enjoy the Fighting Lady March as written by our very own WW II band crew member MU2 Ray Huston. The Video tells the story of the Yorktown during WWII and demonstrates Ray’s passion for the “Fighting Lady”.     A special thanks goes to the Winthrop  University Band for recording the piece and Patriots Point staff …