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 …

MCCRACKEN, ROBERT L

1941 – 2022 Robert L. McCracken of Clarksville, TN passed away April 7, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born January 29, 1941 and served on the USS Yorktown during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Betty.

AB-HUGH, DEAN

1937 – 2022 Dean R. Ab-Hugh, LTJG USN, 84, of North Ridgeville, died April 18, 2022 in his home surrounded by family.  He was born November 21, 1937 in Lodi and was a 1955 graduate of Wellington High School.  Dean received a BS in medical technology from Bowling Green State University and a graduate degree from The University of North …

WALTERS, MARVIN W

1938 – 2022 Marvin W. Walters, long-time resident of Burlington, CO, passed away May 9th, 2022 in Altus, Oklahoma. Marvin was born March 11, 1938 in Wray, Colorado to Marvin and Mable (Andrews) Walters. He grew up west of the Bonny Dam. In 1956, Marvin enlisted in the Unites States Navy where he served on the USS Yorktown during the …

RODRIGUEZ, JUNE ELLEN

1926 – 2022 June Ellen Rodriguez was called by the Lord on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Colonial Health & Rehab Center in Virginia Beach, VA. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late John and Viola Gowdy in 1926. June was a loving wife of 75 years to her husband Jesse, a journey that began with an elopement …

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 …

WELLS, RICHARD G

(1931 – 2022)   Richard G. Wells, age 90, of Mt. Morris, has gone to The Big Photo Lab in the Sky for further development, on Monday, January 17, 2022, at McLaren Hospital-Flint. The family will be present to receive friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Mt. …

HENNESY, GERALD

1921-2022 Gerald Craft Hennesy passed away on March 31st. He died peacefully at his home in Clifton, VA, with his family by his side. He was 100 years old. Gerald was born in Washington, DC, June 11, 1921 and grew up just over the line in the Mt. Rainier/Brentwood area of Maryland. At 19, he studied for a year on …

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!

CASELLA, CHARLES R

July 14, 1948 – January 20, 2022 Charles R. Casella, 73, of Kenvil, New Jersey passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Morristown Post Acute. He was born in Dover and was a longtime resident of Kenvil. Charles worked as a Custodian for the Roxbury School System prior to his retirement. He is survived by his two children Jamie …

Robert L Bryan

1945 – 2021 Robert “Bob” Bryan, age 76, of Edwardsville and formerly of Carlyle, died at Anderson Hospital in Maryville on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021. Bob was born in California on March 28th, 1945, to the late Lowell and Eugena (Davis) Bryan. He married Kathleen Bryk on November 28th, 1970, at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Bob is survived by …

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, …

PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness month and as an Association our goal is to do our part in raising awareness, eradicating stigmas, and distributing information for our suffering veterans. Stay tuned on our Facebook Page this month for ways to get involved and be a part of this movement!

Phil Elsner – Star Group Member

The best part of our Association Member group so far has been getting to see everyone interact and tell their stories. Since the group started, Phil Elsner has been such an enthusiastic and highly involved group member. Curious about his story, and what drives his love for the ship, we talked with him about his time in the Navy and …

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 …

Please Donate to help keep our Association strong

Please consider a donation to the Association so that our organization can continue to assist our membership, support our ship and remain strong as we work through these challenging times . Just click on the below link.

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   …

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 …

How You Can Start Giving Back Today

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Review our Annual State of the Organization Address

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