A Family Tradition – The Henderson’s

Many of our members are the legacy of a sailor that served aboard the USS Yorktown. Their children join in patriotism, but more importantly, in honor of their father, grandfather, whatever the case may be. Recently, we have had the privilege of welcoming another generation of USS Yorktown CV-10 Association members. Through our new Facebook Group, we were able to …

Phones are Down

HEADS UP! OFFICE PHONES ARE DOWN! Our phone lines are out of service until further notice and we cannot take messages either. We will make a post when you are able to reach us through the phones again. It may be a few days. Until then please contact our Shipboard Supervisor, Rachel Brennan at 843-814-9477 Thank you for your understanding!

Reserve Your Room For The 2021 Reunion

While nothing can be guaranteed at this time, we wanted everyone to receive this update and potentially make plans towards the 2021 Reunion! Currently, it is scheduled for October 14 – 17th 2021, however, we will not be able to make a firm decision until the spring. Right now we would like for everyone to have to opportunity to reserve …

Reverend Harold Walter Syfrett 1923-2020

Reverend Harold Walter Syfrett WALTERBORO –  Reverend Harold Walter Syfrett, 96, of Walterboro, SC went to be with Jesus Monday, April 13, 2020, at Veterans Victory House. Although he resided in Walterboro in his last years, his heart was always in Charleston. Rev. Syfrett was born November 2, 1923, in Orangeburg, SC, a son of the late George Andrew Syfrett …

Robert E. “Bob” Rutledge 1926 – 2020

August 9, 1926 – May 16, 2020 Robert “Bob” E. Rutledge, 93, of Temperance, MI, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Kingston Care Center of Sylvania. Born, August 9, 1926, in Pioneer, Ohio, he was one of eleven children of Roy and Ethel (Long) Rutledge. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at …

John Richard Goodwin Sr.1934 – 2019

John Richard Goodwin Sr. Elmira, NY – Of Elmira, NY and LakeWales, FL passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on January 5, 2019 at the age of 84. John was born on April 27, 1934 in Towanda, PA, a second son of the late James and Frances Hoffman Goodwin. John married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Adeline …

CHAIRMAN DEAN PETERSON

Here at the Association we love to give our members and prospective members, the opportunity to get to know our staff and board members. In this three part autobiography, our Board Chairman Dean Peterson tells us about his time onboard as well as other details of his exciting life of service. Read on to learn more our Chairman Peterson. Chapter …

Raymon Earl Lark 1924 – 2019

Anderson – Raymon Earl Lark, Sr., 94, of Anderson, SC passed away March 6, 2019. Earl was born on November 25, 1924 to James Noah Lark and Emily Elizabeth Garrett Lark. Earl is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Miriam Ashley Lark. After WWII, he graduated from Clemson University and worked in the textile industry before retirement. Earl …

Robert Merle Henry 1938 – 2010

Robert Merle Henry, 72, of North Platte, passed away on Aug. 14, 2010, at his home at Lake Maloney. Bob was born March 11, 1938, at Grant City, Mo., to Merle and Helen (Boltz) Henry. When he was young, the family moved to Nebraska and settled in Hastings where he graduated from Hastings High School in 1956. Following graduation, he …

Richard Kiehl 1933 – 2020

Richard L. Kiehl, Captain, USN (Ret.)“Dick”It is with great sadness, but immense pride that we announce the passing of the Kiehl Family Patriarch, Dick Kiehl on December 31, 2020. A decorated Navy veteran and distinguished combat pilot, Dad was a patriot to his country and a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. To his many friends, …

Edward B. “Buzz” Purcell Jr. 1925 – 2020

Edward B. “Buzz” Purcell, Jr.May 28, 1925 – December 26, 2020 Columbia, South Carolina – Edward B. (Buzz) Purcell Jr., 95, Saturday, December 26th, 2020. Born in Newberry, SC, he was the son of the late Mr. Edward B. Purcell Sr. and Mrs. Trent Keitt Purcell.A graduate of The Citadel and University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. Purcell …

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He Prayed for Us

We Honor Him Above is a framed letter sent to the Syfrett family on the occasion of Rev, Harold’s Memorial Service. Below is a copy of the letter. You can also see his obituary in our In Memoriam section of the website. Dear Reverend Harold Syfrett’s family, Rev. Harold in the Rev. Harold Syfrett Chapel aboard the USS Yorktown   …

In Memoriam

This section contains obituaries of shipmates and others who have recently passed away. It contains only articles that are submitted in a suitable format to allow for cut and paste from a word document, pdf or a jpg photo with a minimal amount of effort. No links will be posted. Each obituary will be posted on the website for a …

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 …