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).
The Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Known as World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady”, the Yorktown would participate significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The ship received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Decommissioned in 1970, the historic ship was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston, SC in 1975 to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum