Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On to Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown

Currently we're taking a midday break from our Charleston adventures, since we spent the morning visiting Fort Sumter and the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on board the USS Yorktown. 

We took a boat ride to Fort Sumter with a group of lovely people and a group of antsy school kids. Is it necessary for everyone to make squeaking noises with their shoes? The answer is yes. Anyway, after visiting the site of the shot that started the Civil War, we headed back and got aboard the USS Yorktown to check out the museum.

As the headquarters for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, the USS Yorktown was pretty interesting. The Medal of Honor Museum was really state of the art and nicely done(with narrations by Tom Brokaw), and afterwards we toured the rest of the ship. We also got to go in the USS Clamagore- a submarine! And boy was it close quarters!

USS Yorktown fun facts:
  • In 1958, Yorktown was designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier (CVS), and would later earn 5 battle stars for service off Vietnam (1965-1968). 
  • The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). 
  • Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve.
Chunk taking a picture of KJ, taking the next photo. Hilarious.

Chunk was really excited to see the planes (as you'll see in some of our photos). So far we haven't encountered anyone too stupid (like last time), however we think it'll start soon. Especially after encountering a woman telling her son that people didn't ride in space capsules. Only monkeys rode in there. Bahahha. 

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