USS Yorktown CV-10 World War II Museum Tour - P1 of 2
This was my first stop on my two week mini vacation trip. I underestimated the time needed to see this memorial. Besides the Yorktown there is a US Navy destroyer and US navy submarine from the 1950's era. I would recommend giving yourself at least 5 hours if you want to see all three ships. There is a great park where you can have a picnic lunch in between touring the 3 ships. My stops during this time included the Battleship USS North Carolina, then in Norfolk, VA the USS Wisconsin. While in Norfolk I made a stop to visit the General Douglas MacArthur museum. It is now in 2 buildings. Well worth seeing if you are in Norfolk. Before going on board the Wisconsin, you go through the Nauticus Naval Museum. It is well worth taking an hour or two even to see this museum.
From here I traveled across the south visiting family and friends. Making my last stop at Mobile Alabama. Here you have a memorial to the Korean war and veterans. There are a large number of military aircraft, tanks and field guns to view before you get to the Battleship USS Alabama. Before going on the Alabama, I toured the USS Drum. A World War II US Navy submarine. Go visit this submarine now if you can. They still have veteran US submariners on the boat giving stories of the US subs and their lives.
This was my last stop before coming home. I would recommend 5-6 hours to see all the memorials in Mobile. Again a great setting by the bay for a picnic lunch or late dinner even.
USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Initially to have been named Bon Homme Richard, she was renamed Yorktown while under construction to commemorate USS Yorktown (CV-5), lost at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Yorktown was commissioned in April 1943, and participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She was recommissioned too late to participate in the Korean War but served for many years in the Pacific, including duty in the Vietnam War, in which she earned five battle stars. Late in her career she served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission, was used in the movie Tora! Tora Tora!
Which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and in the science fiction film The Philadelphia Experiment. Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and in 1975 became a museum ship at Patriot's Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is a National Historic Landmark. For more information see https://www.patriotspoint.org/explore/uss-yorktown/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_(CV-10)
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