Yorktown Stories

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 ...
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CHAIRMAN DEAN PETERSON

Here at the Association we love to give our members and prospective members, the opportunity to get to know our ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Stranded in Rotterdam

By Steven R. Butler When the Yorktown left Norfolk in September 1969, I was on leave from my previous duty ...
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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 ...
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How Did It Start?

The following is from “ALL HANDS” of January 1967 and is reprinted with permission from that magazine. Paddle Landings Took ...
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The Roll

By Art Francis This piece is a composition based on information received from Dan Bernath, Steven Butler, Neil O’Connor, Dave ...
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Things I Remember

A story told by Ben Couillard: I remember that when I was 16, 17 and 18 years old, I was ...
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Veteran’s Corner

Among the many exotic ports most American Sailors visit when doing a WESTPAC – Western Pacific – deployment is Hong ...
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Behind Enemy Lines

This Story goes back over 50 years to the fall of 1961. I was on my third and final Far ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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My Recollections of the events leading up to “The Roll” experienced on October 3, 1969 by Yorktown

Written by Clement D. St. Louis, AGC, USN (Ret.) OA Division CPO on 10/03/1969. As I recall vividly, I had ...
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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 ...
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Magic Carpet II

Every old sailor is familiar with the “Magic Carpet” business at the end of World War II when personnel were ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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USS Yorktown CVA-10 in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis

Two years after the Formosa Resolution was passed to ease tensions between communist China and Taiwan, Chinese communist leader Mao ...
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Search and Rescue

It was June of 1960, and the USS Yorktown CVS-10 was in route to Manila to provide support to President ...
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USS Yorktown helps sink the Battleship Yamato

A heavily damaged Yamato smoking from attacks by Air Group 9. It was 1945 and the war was coming to ...
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USS Yorktown hit by Japanese Bomb off Kyūshū

On March 14th 1945, the USS Yorktown CV-10 departed to begin preliminary work for operations in Okinawa, scheduled for the ...
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