Tour freely at your own pace through the Yorktown, the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in World War II for the United States Navy. Listen to firsthand accounts from WWII veterans on a personal audio player. With more than 3.5 hours of content and over 100 points of interest on the tour, you can pick and choose where you’d like to explore and what you want to hear.
The USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Under construction as BON HOMME RICHARD, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed in honor of YORKTOWN (CV-5) sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, YORKTOWN was commissioned on April 15, 1943. World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” would participate significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. YORKTOWN received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II.
In the 1950s, YORKTOWN was modernized to operate jet aircraft as an attack carrier (CVA). In 1957, she was re-designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier (CVS), and would later earn 5 battle stars for service off Vietnam (1965-68). The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). YORKTOWN was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve.
In 1975, this historic ship was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.
**Please note that the Yorktown Audio Tour is in addition to purchasing a ticket to the Yorktown. You must have a ticket to enter the Yorktown if you would like to go aboard the ship. Like everywhere else in Charleston, please note there is also a fee for parking.
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