While in Charleston I had to stop by and see these 2 beauties, as they are a sight to behold! The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and the destroyer the USS Laffey. The USS Clamagore, a submarine, also used to be there but as I learned after getting back home, is headed to Florida to be sunk as a reef. Unfortunately we did not go onto the vessels due to the difficulty of having young children, but I have been on all 3 in the past and it is an awesome experience. Being able to be on vessels from WW2 or just after the war is a fantastic learning experience and really brings that era of warfare alive.
A little history.
-The USS Yorktown may not be the same Yorktown most people probably think about, because that one was sunk at the battle of Midway (it is actually the 4th out of 5 ships named Yorktown). This ship however was renamed during construction to replace the sunken Yorktown and played a significant role in the Pacific theater against Japan from 1943-1945 earning it 11 battle stars. It also earned an additional 5 battle stars in Vietnam and was responsible for recovering the astronauts and capsule of the Apollo 8. -The USS Laffey launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1944 was known as "the ship that would not die". It participated in both the D-Day invasion as well as the battle of Okinawa where it sustained heavy damage from conventional bombs (4), kamikaze planes (6) and a raging fire that killed 32 and wounded 71. The ship also participated in Korea and functioned off the US east coast as a sub hunter. -The USS Clamagore wasn't put into use until 1945 and operated mainly around Key West, Cuba and the Virgin Islands and along other various points in the Atlantic seeking out enemy subs throughout the cold war. It was the last remaining "guppy" conversion submarine. #charleston#southcarolina#history#ww2#wwii#war#navy#warship#aircraftcarrier#destroyer#submarine#America#merica#usa#socool#historynerd
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