DUFFENBACH, STEVEN

1945 – 2023 Steven Gene Duffenbach, 78, of Eau Claire passed away peacefully on December 15, surrounded by loved ones. Steven was born on November 10, 1945, to Eugene and Yvonne Duffenbach. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Yorktown.Steven was honorably discharged in 1967. Steven then …

BRIGHT, JAMES

1933 – 2023 Memorial services for James Mitchell Bright, 90 who died Tuesday December 26, 2023 in Madison, MS will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday January 02, 2024 at St. Mary Basilica. Mass will be celebrated by Father Aaron Williams and concelebrated by Father Francis Cosgrove. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday January 02, 2024 at St. Mary …

LEDLOW, KENT

1943 – 2023 Kent Ledlow passed into eternity on October 29, 2023 in Lakewood, Colorado. The last years of his life were spent at the Westlake Care Community in Lakewood, where he was lovingly cared for.Kent was born on November 10, 1943 to Elaine and Carl Ledlow of Denton. Kent studied at the University of North Texas from September 1961 …

BERGFELD, CLARENCE

1937 – 2023 Clarence Richard Bergfeld, who served on the USS Yorktown from 1954 to 1958 as a Metalsmith Petty Officer 3rd Class, passed away November 20, 2023 at the age of 86. Clarence was born May 18, 1937. He was living in Sun City, AZ with his wife Karen.

DRUMELLER, KENT

Edward Kent Drumeller of Florissant, MO passed away at his home on August 8, 2023. Kent was a Communication Watch Officer on the USS Yorktown (CVS-10) from 1962 to 1964, before he was reassigned to a Navy shore communications station in Alaska. He was a fellow with an enormous heart for his fellow shipmates, notwithstanding his own failing heart that …

BECKSCHI, PETER

1940 – 2023 Peter F. Beckschi III, 83, of Jamison, passed away Friday, November 16, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Gertrude A. “Trudy” (Colbert) Beckschi. Born June 25, 1940 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Peter M. and Hedwig T. (Gutowicz) Beakschi. Peter served proudly in the United States Navy on the Yorktown and USS …

HEDBERG, CHARLES

1933 – 2023 On October 2, 2023, Charles “Chic” Hedberg died peacefully at home at the age of 90. Hedberg, the youngest of four, was born in Brooklyn on January 28, 1933 to Marie (Mueller) and J.O. Viking Hedberg. He attended Poly Prep in Brooklyn for high school and studied mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was a …

DAVIS, CARLTON

1922 – 2023 Carleton Warner Davis, Sr., passed away at 101 years of age on Friday afternoon, November 17, 2023. Carleton was born in East Braintree, MA on November 8, 1922 and graduated from Braintree High School. Following high school, he was employed at the Fore River Shipyard before enlisting in the United States Navy and training to be a …

SCHULTZ, DAVID

1947 – 2023 David Schultz, 76, of Terryville, Connecticut passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at home. He was born September 23, 1947, in Hartford, son of the late Edward and Nellie (Kucirka) Schultz.David proudly served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Waterbury Printing. David was very active …

SIMANTS, SONNY

1937 – 2023 Leo Eugene “Sonny” Simants, 86, of North Platte passed away Nov. 2, 2023 at Great Plains Health. He was born May 22, 1937 to Albert and Lucille (Konruff) Simants in Tryon. Sonny attended Whitehorse school and entered the United States Navy at 17 years old. He served on the USS Yorktown in the far East. After being …

STEVENS, MICHAEL

1942 – 2023 On October 26, 2023, Michael Leroy Stevens, 81, passed away at his home in Atlantic Beach, FL, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to John and Jean Stevens, who raised him in Olean, NY. After graduating high school in 1959, Mike joined the US Navy and served for 3.5 years where one of his first …

VINING, WILLIAM

1946 – 2023 RYDERWOOD, WA—William George Vining, 77, of Ryderwood, WA, passed away on October 20, 2023, at his home in Ryderwood. He was born on January 15, 1946, in Tacoma, WA to Ward and Bernice Cromwell. He was adopted by Albert and Alta Vining on January 15, 1946. William served in the Navy during Vietnam War and was on …

LEE, DON

1941 – 2023 Don Lee, 82 of Hampton died Sunday October 22, 2023. Don Lee lived a life largely defined by service. He loved to remember years of service to community and country.The military service of Don Lee includes the ships Don served aboard with Hull Numbers and Ship’s Motto or Nickname:USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) Essex-class Carrier“On Sea & On Air”USS …

PETTET, FRANK

1939 – 2023 Jan. 15, 1939 – Sept. 1, 2023Frank Raymond Pettet beloved husband and father passed away at his home in Milwaukie Sept. 1, 2023.Frank was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Mabel and Hugh Pettet.He graduated from Tekoa High School in Tekoa, Wash., in 1957 and enlisted in the Navy on the USS Yorktown 1957. He was a …

DAWKINS, STANLEY

1941 – 2023 Stanley (Stan) Dawkins was born in Kennewick, WA, to Glen and Harriet Dawkins. Stan had two brothers, Jean and David; and three sisters, Betty, Jerilea and Dixie. Stan graduated from Fort Vancouver High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on June 12, 1959, and served until March 30, 1964, serving on board the aircraft carrier …

RAWLEY, ROBERT

1932 – 2023 Robert Joseph Rawley, born in Orange, New Jersey, on November 3rd, 1932, the second son of William and Mary Rawley’s four children, died peacefully at Doylestown Hospital’s Hospice Center, on October 12, 2023, a few weeks before his 91st birthday. He is survived by his wife Madeline, his daughter, also named Madeline, and her son Declan, and …

BORMAN, FRANK

1928 – 2023 Frank Borman, a NASA astronaut who commanded Apollo 8, the first crewed mission to orbit the moon and return safely to Earth, and later as chief executive of Eastern Air Lines piloted the carrier through a turbulent business climate that led to its takeover and eventual demise, died Nov. 7 at a medical center in Billings, Mont. …

NEIDL, BRUCE

1943 – 2023 Bruce F. Neidl, 80, of Rome, NY passed away on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, 2023 with his loving family by his side at Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. Born in Rome on February 2, 1943, he was a son of the late George and Rosemary (Joynt) Neidl. He was a graduate of St. Aloysius Academy …

SPRINGS, FRED

1921 – 2023 World War II Yorktown veteran, Fred N. Springs passed on October 25, 2023. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 11, at 10am, at Northwest Covenant Church, 300 N. Elmhurst Ave., Mt Prospect, IL 60056. The service will be live streamed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/@northwestcovenantchurch3929 Below is an account of Fred’s life in his own words: …

‘The Fighting Lady Turns 80’ celebration

April 15th, 10 am – 3 pm As you know, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia on April 15, 1943. That was eighty years ago, this year. So, the leadership and staff at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mt. Pleasant, SC are preparing an 80th Birthday celebration of the USS …

Excerpt from the Memoir of Harry C Perkins

A USS Yorktown Plankowner in Engineering Department has a humorous run-in with Captain “Jocko” Clark (Above) Harry at 17 and fresh from bootcamp (Below) A tight fit through the Panama Canal for the Yorktown It was during this time [1943 in Newport News, VA] that we had the opportunity to meet our captain of the Yorktown. His name was Captain …

PPDA Employees Deck the Halls

Click the image above to view the contest 2022 Holiday Decorating Contest “Merry Christmas to all! We had a Holiday Decoration contest here at Patriots Point and supported by the USS Yorktown Foundation. There are some really creative peeps on staff. The Attached pdf show all that participated and a sample of their decorations. Take the time to go see …

A Letter from a Shipmate

Ahoy shipmates!Hope all is well and troubles are few. Just returned from Hawaii, where I wore my white hat again. This time aboard the “Arizona”. Quite moving. May we all enjoy good health. The trip was to celebrate my 75th.I remember so vividly the site of the Arizona when we steamed up the channel in ’68 and anchored across from …

Five Things to Know When You Donate to USS Yorktown Association

These things are important to know when you give to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association: We are a 501(c)(19). As a veterans non-profit, all donations made to us are tax deductible. Simply keep your receipt for your taxes. We are the veterans who served on the USS Yorktown and their families – and we’re proud of it! Let’s just say …

Veterans Day Weekend at Patriots Point

November 11 – 13, 2022 Celebrate veterans this Veterans Day weekend aboard the USS Yorktown! Patriots Point will offer free admission to Veterans and active duty military from November 11 – 13. Admission to the museum includes access to the warships USS Yorktown and USS Laffey, and the three-acre Vietnam War Experience. In addition to offering free admission to veterans, …

247th Navy Birthday Celebration on USS Yorktown

US Navy personnel all over the world will mark the 247th birthday of the US Navy at 9:00 am (wherever they are). They will ring a bell nine times – 8 to signal the end of the watch and the 9th to represent the start of a new watch. The “watches” in this case are the past and present years …

A Special Guest

Time stands still when a World War II veteran steps onto the decks of the Fighting Lady.  We were blessed, today, to take Bryce Thornton of the Army’s 104th Infantry Division on a special tour of the ship. As it happens, Pat Waters (grandson of General Patton) was here for a meeting and able to speak to him as well. Mr. …

USS Yorktown to be Permanent Structure

The US Coast Guard this month has requested that Patriots Point Development Authority register the USS Yorktown as a Permanently Moored Vessel. This certification will mean that the Coast Guard would not need to inspect the Yorktown, since it was removed from navigation years ago. Of course, it has been common knowledge that the Yorktown is permanently moored, but the …

Remediation Plans on USS Yorktown

On Monday, July 11th, SC Governor Henry McMaster announced his intention for “a complete remediation and removal of hazardous materials from the hull of the USS Yorktown, including hundreds of thousands of gallons of old petroleum, polluted ballast waters, and polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, or PCBs that were not removed from the ship’s 428 vessel tanks and compartments by the Navy.” …

Yorktown Day 2022

Yorktown Day commemorates the victory of General George Washington’s Allied American and French troops over Lord Cornwallis’ troops at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. This victory essentially ended the American Revolution and paved the way for our freedom from Great Britain. Yorktown Day 2022 occurs on Wednesday, October 19 in historic Yorktown, Virginia. The agenda for the 18th and 19th …

Save the Date

Our Next Reunion: October 5 – 7, 2023 Grab the family! Call your shipmates! Plan to gather again in the fall of 2023. It’s only the best time to be in Charleston, afterall. The flowers are blooming, the humidity is low, and the temps are just right for exploring our favorite aircraft carrier. Be on the look out for more …

Reunion Discount in Gift Shop

Attendees wearing their reunion name tag/badge will get 20% off merchandise in the Patriots Point Gift Shop (landside by the parking lot) during the reunion. There will be lots of fun items to bring home to friends and family!

Sharing Yorktown History on Veterans Day

On Veterans’ Day, crewmember Joe Zaccaro (OE Division, 1964-1966) visited with his daughter, Laura’s, second grade students at a New Jersey elementary school to speak about his service on the ‘Fighting Lady.’ The students had lots of questions for him. “Besides the size of the ship and how many people on board and were any of them women,” Zaccoro said, …

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 …