2024 Yorktown Reunion

Yes we just completed our 2023 Reunion and a mini recap is in this issue. And, yes we are talking about “2024”. As you’ve probably seen in your everyday life, things are moving faster – it seems; and planning events takes longer. So here’s a snapshot.October 9 – 12, 2024. Write the dates on the calendar. Tell all your shipmates, …

‘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 …

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 …

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, …

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   …

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 …