Patriots Point in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
USS Yorktown (CV~10)
The keel for the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard was laid down December 1, 1941, six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The vessel was renamed USS Yorktown (CV-10) in honor of the original carrier Yorktown (CV-5),the only U.S. carrier lost at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The CV-10 conducted numerous air strikes including the Marshall Islands, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Battle of the Philippine Sea, Formosa and on the Japanese mainland. The ships crew numbered 380 officers, 3,088 enlisted personnel and 90 planes. Nicknamed "The Fighting Lady", she received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned eleven battle stars for World War II service. She was placed in reserve from January 1947, until December 1952. Her deck was cantilevered in 1955 in order to accommodate newer aircraft.
In 1957, the vessel was again overhauled and reclassified as an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) carrier and designated CVS~10. During deployment in the Pacific, she qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal on three occasions for her responses to the Communist Chinese shellings of
Erected 2008 by Town of Mount Pleasant.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, Vietnam • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 32° 47.673′ N, 79° 54.272′ W. Marker is in Patriots Point, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Memorial is at the intersection of Patriots Point Road and Driveway for Athletic Fields on Patriots Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cold War Submarine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Pollack (SSN 603) USS Haddo (SSN 604)World War II Submarine Lost Boat Memorial (about 500 feet away); In Memoriam USS Thresher and USS Scorpion (about 500 feet away); Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum/The Medal of Honor Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Talos Missile (approx. ¼ mile away); The A-4 Skyhawk Pilots (approx. 0.3 miles away); A4C Skyhawk (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Regarding USS Yorktown (CV~10). It was declared a National Historic Landmark 19 June 1980 - #82001519
♦ Historic Significance: Event
♦ Area of Significance: Military, Maritime History
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Defense, Transportation
♦ Historic Sub-function: Naval Facility, Water-Related
♦ Current Function: Recreation And Culture
♦ Current Sub-function: Museum
Also see . . .
1. USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10), Wikipedia entry. fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Fighting Lady (feature film documentary, 1944). (Submitted on April 29, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Presidential Unit Citation to the U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10
Inside the hanger of the U.S.S. Yorktown is a marker (see picture below) with the text from the ship's Presidential Unit Citation. It reads:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation
U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10
August 31, 1943, Marcus; October 5-6, 1943, Wake; November 19 to December 5, 1943, Gilberts; January 29 to February 23, 1944, Marshalls, Truk, Marianas; March 29 to April 30, 1944, Palau, Hollandia, Truk: AG-5 (VF-5, VB-5, VT-5);
June 11 to July 28, 1944, Marianas, Bonins, Yap: AG-1 (VF-1, VB-1, part of VFN-77).
November 11 to 19, 1944, Luzon; December 14 to 16, Luzon; January 3 to 22, 1945, Philippines, Formosa, China Sea, Ryukyus: AG-3 ( VF-3, VB-3, VT-3).
Feb. 16 to 25, 1945, Japan, Bonins: AG-3 (VF-3, VBF-3, VB-3, VT-3).
March 18 to June 9, 1945, Ryukyus, Japan: AG-9 (2) (VF-9, VBF-9, VB-9, VT-9).
July 10 to August 15, 1945, Japan: AG-88 (VF-88, VBF-88, VB-88, VT-88).
For service as
For the President
Secretary of the Navy
James Forrestal (signed)
June 30, 1946
(A plague below the Citation Marker reads:)
This plaque is donated by his widow, Verna and his sister Marcia Coyle in Memory of
The Yorktown Association's first Corporate Secretary, 1949-1951
Note: Aircraft abbreviations are as folows: VF - Fighter VB - Dive Bomber VBF- Fighter Bomber VT - Torpedo Plane VFN- Night Fighter
— Submitted November 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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