2019 Association Work Party

We hope that you will be joining us for the 2019 USS Yorktown 2nd annual Work Party! The goal of the work party is to build and renew friendships while getting some work accomplished on our great ship. We hope to make this an enjoyable time for all and will need your help  to make it a great experience. Because …

The Gift of Membership

Click Here to start a new membership today! Just in time for the Holidays! Stay connected to the Yorktown and the crew that served by becoming a member of the Association today! For just $50 a year, you gain access to member only exclusives all while supporting the Yorktown. Support Special Renovation Projects on the Ship Teach todays youth what …

Association Scholarship Program

The Yorktown Scholarship program is designed to financially assist Yorktown crew descendants and  Charleston Tri-County school high school students attend college. The Scholarship program provides the successful candidate $1250 annually to be used towards college tuition and is renewable up to four years  for a total of $5000. We hope that everyone takes advantage of this program the more the better. …

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 …

2018 Reunion October 11th – 13th

The 2018 USS Yorktown Association reunion is going to be a once in a lifetime event as we celebrate the Fighting Lady’s 75 Anniversary and the Association’s 70th reunion. Stayed tuned for more details.   Join us and be part of history once again!   Where: USS Yorktown located in Charleston harbor When: October 11th – 13th 2018 Reunion Hotel: …

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 …

Thank you from Elementary Student

This card was passed on from an elementary student that visited the USS Yorktown earlier this year via the Patriots Point Education Program. During their day of learning students discover what leadership and service to Country means along with STEM concepts their visit is unforgettable and educational. Because of donations and annual membership dues we can help make this impact. …

500 Navy Sailors Volunteer Aboard the Yorktown

On November 13th, 500 Sailors from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command at Joint Base Charleston volunteered at Patriots Point as part of the Trident United Way’s Day of Caring. The sailors worked on all three of Patriots Points Warships and met up to take a picture on the Yorktown. Were sure it was an experience that these young sailors …

2015 USS Yorktown Reunion Recap

This year the USS Yorktown’s 67th Annual Reunion was spent under a constant downpour. Hurricane Joaquin was partially responsible for the record breaking downfall and flooding that hit South Carolina the weekend of the Reunion. We were happy to see everyone maintained a positive and supportive attitude during the soggy chaos. In fact, a CVS-10 sailor was over heard exclaiming, “we …

Yorktown Crewmember is a star at Patriots Point

One of our of our Yorktown Association members has become something of a star on board the USS Yorktown. Bill Watkinson volunteers regularly, sharing his experiences and knowledge among eager listeners. Bill is staple figure on board the Fighting Lady, and is an increasingly tour guide for our visitors and media guests. Recently, a local ABC affiliate sat down with Bill and followed …