Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, May 15, 2006 6:32 am

Weekend in Charleston

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 6:32 am

My cousin’s daughter got married in Charleston on Saturday, and her folks decided to turn the event into a family reunion. Boy howdy, what a party, more on which anon. Saturday morning, Frank and I took our kids to the USS Yorktown, now at permanent anchor on the east side of the Cooper River. This photo shows the kids (Frank’s 3 and my 2) and me at a 40mm twin-mount antiaircraft cannon on the decommissioned carrier’s flight deck. This Yorktown was launched in 1943 to replace the Yorktown that was sunk by the Japanese at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. (And if you’re thinking that was a quick turnaround, you’re right, but that was characteristic of the entire U.S. war effort: The Charleston shipyard, at that point in the war, was going from keel-laying to launch on a destroyer in less than 90 days and on some landing ships in less than a week.)

As an amateur student of WWII, I’d love to revisit the Yorktown at my own pace.

Source: Original photo by my brother Frank
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Date: May 13, 2006

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