Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Patriots Point, Naval and Marine Museum

Monday we took a ride up to Charleston to tour the USS Yorktown, Aircraft Carrier. It was a beautiful clear day, about 90 degrees. Frank was especially excited, it was a "guy trip", and Kate and I were happy to oblige. We followed on the first two tours and then sat and watched the dolphins along the ships edge for the other two. It was a wonderful relaxing time.

I just loved looking down this runway and seeing our
American Flags flying in the wind and
my family walking between them!

The Yorktown (CV-10) is the tenth aircraft carrier to serve the US Navy. She was named the for the Yorktown (CV-5), lost while repelling the Japanese Fleet at the Battle of Midway in 1942.
It was commissioned on April 15, 1943. It played a significant role in the Pacific offensive which began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945.

It carried a crew of 380 officers, 3,088 enlisted men, and 90 planes. The 888-foot Yorktown displaced 27,100 tons during WWII. She was modified in the 1950's with the addition of an angle deck for jets, which increased her displacement to 41,000 tons.

The Yorktown was featured in the 1944 Academy Award -winning documentary motion picture "The Fighting Lady" and in the 1970 picture "tora, Tora! Tora! Tora!".

Frank at the podium in the "Ready Room"
Somehow I don't think these two are with him!

I was looking at the picture of these young men,
they were very babies serving our country.
God bless them.

In the Captain's Chair
"Honey, I see parking right over there!"

Also docked here as a museum tour is the
USS Clamagore Submarine

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