Explore Charleston’s USS Yorktown

Explore Charleston’s USS Yorktown

uss yorktownGet a hands-on history lesson at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, which is offering a 20% discount on all admission prices every Sunday in February. The “Super Sunday” deal also includes a 10% discount on all purchases made in the Patriots Point Ship Store.

Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown, the 10th aircraft to serve in the U.S. Navy. It was commissioned on April 15, 1943, and participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation, and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary “The Fighting Lady” was filmed on board the carrier.

Patriots Point also has military aircraft on display, a submarine, another ship — the Laffey — along with a Medal of Honor Museum. New to the complex is the Vietnam Experience Exhibit, featuring more than a dozen components that simulate life during wartime in a “Brown Water Navy” support base and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery fire base during the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sanh in 1968. The primary mission of the “Brown Water Navy” was to block the movement of insurgents and their supplies into South Vietnam.

Normal museum admission rates are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-11. The “Super Sunday” discount will include admission to all three of Patriots Point’s historic warships, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the recently opened Vietnam Experience. It is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.patriotspoint.org.

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