It was 1945 and the war was coming to an end. The USS Yorktown CV-10 and other carriers of her task group had begun to concentrate solely on the island of Okinawa and its surroundings. She pounded the island with “soften-up strikes” and sent planes to the island to provide direct support for troops operating ashore. She returned to the east once every three days or so for refueling and relaxation.
The only exception to that routine came on April 7th when a Japanese task force built around the elusive Battleship Yamato was found steaming south for one last, desperate, offensive. The Fighting Lady and the other carriers quickly launched strikes. Air Group 9 bombarded the Yamato with several torpedo hits before it sank. Sporadic air attacks continued through the beginning of May until the Yorktown’s departure from The Ryukyu Islands. On the 11th of May she proceeded to Ulithi for maintenance and much needed rest for all.