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On Thursday, August 3 at 2 p.m. Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston and Navy Cross Recipient Brig. Gen. William Weise will share stories from the Vietnam War battle in which they earned their awards during a free symposium aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

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Brig. Gen. Weise served as the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, nicknamed the Magnificent Bastards, during the Battle of Dai Do in 1968.  Late in the battle, he was shot in the spine.  The injury left him unable to walk.  Weise’s Marines had to drag him off the battlefield.

Maj. Gen. Livingston, a captain at the time of the Battle of Dai Do, earned the military’s highest honor for leading Echo Company across 500 open meters of intense enemy fire in a mission to free an isolated company.   Injured by enemy grenades, Livingston refused medical treatment and courageously led his men in the destruction of more than 100 bunkers.  After connecting with the isolated company, an additional injury left the captain immobile.  Like Weise, Livingston was also dragged off of the battlefield.

WHAT:                 Symposium – “Magnificent Bastards, the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines”

WHEN:                 August 3 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:               Aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

COST:                    Free, Parking $5


On Monday, August 21st, Patriots Point will host our “Eclipse On A Warship” event. This is a once in a lifetime event and the USS YORKTOWN will have the best view on the Charleston Harbor as Charleston, SC is in the path of totality. Visit: for more information!

o   First 3,000 visitors will receive a FREE pair of USS Yorktown themed solar eclipse glasses

o   Space activities will be offered to children throughout the day

o   Special presentations will be given by Dr. Christian Iliadis, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC – Chapel Hill

o   Normal museum admission prices – no upcharge!


For Immediate Release Contact: Chris Hauff                                                 May 16, 2017 Public Information Officer


Patriots Point to Host “Eclipse on a Warship” Event for Families Aug. 21

USS Yorktown forever linked to the U.S. space program after recovering Apollo 8 in 1968

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and ABC News 4 (WCIV-TV) are inviting families to watch as the mighty USS Yorktown, known to many as the “Fighting Lady,” is transformed into the “Shaded Lady” during the total solar eclipse on August 21.

The event titled, “Eclipse on a Warship” is included in the museum’s normal price of admission. Upon entry to the museum, the first 3,000 visitors will receive a free pair of specialized glasses designed to protect their eyes while viewing the eclipse. An indirect viewing method will also be offered on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown for those who want to avoid looking at the sun entirely.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Patriots Point is located within the path of totality. The path, which stretches from Oregon to Charleston Harbor, is where the moon will completely cover the sun. The USS Yorktown is expected to be in the dark around 2:46 p.m.

Before the eclipse occurs, Dr. Christian Iliadis, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a special presentation to explain the science of a solar eclipse. He will also be available throughout the day to answer questions and chat with astronomy enthusiasts.

Space inspired children’s activities will be offered by the Patriots Point Institute of History, Science and Technology, and NASA’s livestream coverage of the eclipse will be broadcast on a 20-foot projection screen in the Yorktown’s hangar deck.

The USS Yorktown is forever connected to the U.S. space program. In December 1968, the ship’s crew recovered the Apollo 8 space capsule after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to orbit the moon and return to Earth. In 2014, Patriots Point opened an interactive exhibit that takes visitors on a simulated trip to the moon inside a full-scale replica capsule that plays actual radio communication recorded during the mission. The exhibit has become one of the most popular at the museum.


Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is home of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. Visit for more details, or find us at @patriots_point on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook at

Established in 2013, the Yorktown Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) with the purpose of raising funds for renovating exhibits and maintaining the ships at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. The Yorktown Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a unique learning environment that connects generations by celebrating America’s history and its heroes, inspiring freedom, patriotism, leadership and service. For more information, visit