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Entrance walkway to the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point outside Charleston, South Carolina. The ship is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
USS Yorktown is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.
She was decommissioned shortly after the end of WWII, but was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). Although recommissioned too late to participate in the Korean War, The Yorktown served for many years in the Pacific, including duty in the Vietnam War, in which she earned five battle stars. Late in her career, she served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission, and was used in the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; and in the science fiction film “The Philadelphia Experiment”.
Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and in 1975 became a museum ship at Patriot's Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
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