Yorktown Day 2022

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Through our members, volunteers, and donations we honor the legacy of our veterans and invest in the life of Our Fighting Lady.

"Why WOULDN’T I want to become a Member? Only positive things can come from it. I would have access to the FB page that can give me so much information to help me learn more, free access to the ship the next time we visit, invitations to the reunions, making new friends & connections, and much, much more. I have to do this! Then I thought that since my brothers are just as interested in this, I could surprise them with their memberships! I got the ball rolling, and now here we are, alongside our Dad, proud members of the Association." - Dawn Henderson

Why become a member?Our Community

The USS Yorktown CV-10 Association is made up of over 3,000 crew members that served aboard during The Vietnam and Korean War. What’s amazing, is the hundreds of family members of these veterans that are now a huge part of the association in their honor. 

This lineage and legacy of service and continued education is what we are all about. Through reunions, on-board meet-ups, events, our Facebook Group, and even a simple phone call, we are a family of crewmembers and patriots that are connected through the lives and service of our veterans.

The ship is much more than a monument or tourist attraction, it is where young men were able to find purpose amongst the harsh and terrifying realities of war. It is where they developed character that would carry them through the rest of their lives. Some of the most challenging, and most memorable moments of their lives took place on the USS Yorktown. Through these American heroes, we see a glimpse of what our nation is made of. It is through their stories and legacy living on that we are able to build a better future.

Our Goals


The Association was forged April 15, 1948 during the first Yorktown Reunion. Since then, the Association has continued to serve the USS Yorktown, as a vital link between her heralded past and bright future.


Boys transformed into men and men transformed into heroes aboard the Yorktown. Amidst the harsh realities of war, there are also many tales of young sailors finding purpose and developing character during their service. We’re passionate about engaging younger generations with these stories of courage, leadership and strength.


Yorktown veterans can step onto the carrier of their youth and walk the same paths they once frequented. Memories that have fallen out of reach become vivid. Our annual reunion is an opportunity to pass on the rich oral history that so often goes unspoken. We also encourage crew to reach out to old mates and re-establish relationships. We want to get to know you better, too!


The Yorktown is the feature of a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, a nationally renowned historic attraction and education facility in the Charleston harbor. Hundreds of thousands visit annually, immerse themselves in the life of a sailor and walk away with a more tangible understanding of her history.

For more information on our ship's history, please visit our USS Yorktown Timeline.

USS Yorktown Timeline

Join Us on FacebookUSS Yorktown Association Member Group

Welcome to all members of the USS Yorktown Association!

This exclusive online community was created just for you as a space for Association Members to build relationships and receive exclusive information and perks (including Live Facebook Streams).

Please join us and spread the word to other members. Thank you for being a part of this community and carrying on the legacy.


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