KEENAN, JR

1944 – 2024 James Robert “JR” Keenan passed away on Monday, June 17, 2024, at his home in Blanchard, OK. JR was born April 2, 1944 in Gaffney SC to James T. and Carrie L Keenan. JR enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1962 serving aboard the USS Yorktown during the Vietnam War until his discharge in July …

JONES, TOM

1931 – 2024 Tom was born and raised in Pueblo, CO to his parents John D. Jones and Frankie Miller Jones. He attended Mrs Mcintire’s preschool, Somerlid grade school, and graduated from Centennial HS in 1949. Tom attended junior college, then joined the Navy. While in the Navy, Tom served as a radio man on the US aircraft USS Yorktown …

VRZALIK, LEE ROY

1942 – 2024 Lee Roy Vrzalik, beloved husband of Helen Rutherford Vrzalik, passed from this life on June 5, 2024. He was born on a snowy day, February 18, 1942, to Charlie F. and Julie Vinkler Vrzalik in Ennis, Texas. Lee Roy attend school at St. John Elementary and Ennis High School. It was his honor to serve the United …

ANDERSON, RICHARD L

1937 – 2024 Richard Leroy Anderson age 86 of Kittery Point Maine, passed away peacefully at home February 12, 2024. Richard was born December 29, 1937 in Springfield, Oregon to Grace and Tony Uchytil of Walton’s Mountain, OR. Richard was raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon where he graduated High School. Richard and his brother Jack joined the US Navy together …

Reunion Registration

Dear Shipmates:We are well underway planning our 2024 Reunion. This one will be exciting and a little different than our past reunions. First, we are very pleased to announce the USS Bennington CV-20, CVA 20, CVS-20 Association Members will be joining us – so it will be a reunion of “The Lady & Big Benn”. Their Association visited the Yorktown …

DEMAS, RICHARD

1945 – 2024 Richard Edward Demas, of St Johnsbury, Vt., passed away on Monday Jan. 15, 2024. Ric was born July 1, 1945, the eldest of five to Merrill Demas and Hazel (Pittsley) Demas of South Barre, Vermont. Ric grew up in South Barre and graduated Spaulding High in 1964. Following graduation, Ric enlisted in the Navy, and after training …

TARNAWSKI, MICHAEL

1943 – 2024 Michael Gale Tarnawski, aged eighty, died the afternoon of January 27, 2024, of natural causes as family members comforted him while at Morton Plan North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida at the time of his passing.Born November 11, 1943, to Mildred Beccue and Michael Tarnawski in Moose Lake, Minnesota, Mickey’s favorite activities were hunting and …

MANSFIELD, HOWARD

1938 – 2023 Howard P. Mansfield, Sr., 85, passed away at home surrounded by his family on December 28, 2023. Born in Burlington, VT on April 18, 1938, he was the son of Seth Mansfield and Ilene Gage. He married the love of his life, Marylee Mansfield on September 15, 1956.Howard served in the Navy from Jan. 1956 to Nov. …

WELLS, JOSEPH

1942 – 2023 Joe Wells, born on August 7 th , 1942 in Kansas, passed away on October 4, 2023 in Bakersfield surrounded by his family. Joe was given up for adoption as an infant, and made it to Oildale where he was adopted by Sylvester and Alma Wells. He was raised along side his two sisters Martha and Louise. …

HETRICK, BERNARD

1937 – 2024 Bernard E. “Tink” Hetrick, of Reynoldsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. He was born August 1, 1937 at his home in Hormtown, PA. His parents were Elmer Martin Hetrick and Kathryn Annabelle Burkhouse. He grew up on a farm with his parents and siblings, Margaret (Richard) Stover, Doris (Joe) Dickey, Robert (Sandy), Thomas, Harry (Darla), …

BERGFELD, CLARENCE

1937 – 2023 Clarence Richard Bergfeld, who served on the USS Yorktown from 1954 to 1958 as a Metalsmith Petty Officer 3rd Class, passed away November 20, 2023 at the age of 86. Clarence was born May 18, 1937. He was living in Sun City, AZ with his wife Karen.

RAWLEY, ROBERT

1932 – 2023 Robert Joseph Rawley, born in Orange, New Jersey, on November 3rd, 1932, the second son of William and Mary Rawley’s four children, died peacefully at Doylestown Hospital’s Hospice Center, on October 12, 2023, a few weeks before his 91st birthday. He is survived by his wife Madeline, his daughter, also named Madeline, and her son Declan, and …

BORMAN, FRANK

1928 – 2023 Frank Borman, a NASA astronaut who commanded Apollo 8, the first crewed mission to orbit the moon and return safely to Earth, and later as chief executive of Eastern Air Lines piloted the carrier through a turbulent business climate that led to its takeover and eventual demise, died Nov. 7 at a medical center in Billings, Mont. …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …