Our Core Values
The Association was forged during the first Yorktown Reunion, held on April 15, 1948. Just five years after the ship’s commissioning, this group of veterans organized a faithful crew once more. Since then, the Association has continued to serve the USS Yorktown, serving as a vital link between her heralded past and bright future.
Boys were taught to be men and men transformed into Heroes aboard the Yorktown. Amidst the harsh realities of war, there are also many humble tales of young sailors finding purpose and developing character during their service. We’re passionate about engaging younger generations with these stories of courage, leadership and strength.
Yorktown sailors can step onto the carrier of their youth and walk the same paths they once frequented. Memories that have fallen out of reach become vivid. Our annual reunion is an opportunity for crew to pass along to friends and family the rich oral history that so often goes unspoken. We also encourage crew to reach out to old mates and re-establish relationships. We want to get to know you better, too!
The Yorktown is now the feature of a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, a nationally renowned historic attraction and education facility located in the Charleston harbor. Hundreds of thousands visit annually, immerse themselves in the life of a sailor and walk away with a more tangible understanding of her history.
Serving Our Members
Events onboard the USS Yorktown will be available from time to time for live, online streaming. Stay involved from afar and learn about our latest restoration projects, exhibits and educational programming.
Due to the Coronavirus, the publication of our Summer Sea V Ten has been delayed. This full-color magazine is a publication sent exclusively to members. This magazine is full of information about the Association, reunions, and memories from our crewmembers. Inside our members are also able to see the projects, shipboard activities, and renovations that are a direct product of their membership. If you would like to submit an article for consideration please click button below.
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We now have an exclusive member only Facebook group! If you have joined our membership make sure to head over to our group page and join!
visit the Ship
Our next onboard reunion at the Yorktown is currently scheduled for October 14- 17, 2021. We will update you with more details about this reunion sometime in spring timeframe of 2021.
Tours for active Association members are available through the Association office with prior notice. If there is a location you would like to see we will do our best to make it happen but it is not guaranteed.
From the tolling of the bell to the last flower cast into the harbor, the Yorktown Memorial honors those fallen with a touching and memorable service.
The 2021 memorial service will take place on Friday, October 15 at 9am. This memorial service is for Crew of the Association who have perished in the previous year. We ask that all families call the office to schedule this service for their family member and to make sure that we have the correct information.
Patriots Point Discounts
While visiting the Ship you will receive a special VIP discounted rate at the Patriots Point Ship’s store when you present your active Association membership ID card.
All active Association members receive a 20% savings on all Ship’s store merchandise purchases and access to additional promotions offered throughout the year, like free shipping.
Access exclusive and limited edition Ship’s Store items offered only through the Association. We are the sole retailer of USS Yorktown merchandize specifically designated as CV-10, CV-A or CV-S.
Gain access to the USS Yorktown’s Cruise books and other publications from historical documents to history books. An invaluable resource!
Learn about exclusive Ship Store deals offered to members only during set dates throughout the year! Thought the year you will have access to special discounts and free shipping.