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USS YORKTOWN   (CV-10)
(later CVA-10 and CVS-10)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Kilo - Juliet
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "OCEAN WAVE"


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons








Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
2nd Row: China Service Medal (extended) / American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (11 stars)
3rd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / National Defense Service Medal (2)
4th Row: Korean Service Medal / Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) / Vietnam Service Medal (4 stars) /
5th Row: Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm) / Philippine Liberation Medal
6th Row: United Nations Korean Medal / Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive) / Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Essex Class Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
3 Jul 1940 1 Dec 1941 21 Jan 1943 15 Apr 1943
20 Feb 1953
9 Jan 1947
27 Jun 1970

1 Jun 1973
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.

Specifications
(As built, 1943)
Displacement: 27,100 tons standard; 36,200 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 820' x 93' x 28.3' (full load)  /  249.9 x 28.3 x 8.6 (full load) meters
Dimensions (max.): 872' x 147.5'  /  265.8 x 45 meters
Armor: 4"-2.5" belt; 1.5" hangar & protective deck(s); 4" bulkheads; 1.5" STS (top, side of pilot house); 2.5" (top) steering gear
Power plant: 8 boilers (565 psi, 850°F); 4 steam turbines; 4 shafts; 150,000 shp (design)
Speed: 32.7 knots
Endurance (design): 20,000 nautical miles @ 15 knots
Armament: 4 twin & 4 single 5"/38 gun mounts; 8 quad 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 46 single 20-mm/70-cal guns mounts
Aircraft: 91 (Air Group 5, October–December 1943)
Aviation facilities: 1 deck-edge, 2 centerline elevators; 2 H4B hydraulic catapults (1 flight deck, 1 hangar deck)
Crew: 2,600+ (ship's company + air wing, as designed)

(After SCB-27A, 1953)
Displacement: 33,100 tons standard; 40,130 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 820' x 101' x 29.3' (full load)  /  249.9 x 30.8 x 8.9 (full load) meters
Dimensions (max.): 899' x 152'  /  274 x 46.3 meters
Armor: belt replaced by blister with 60-lb STS
Power plant: (as above)
Speed: 32.2 (max) / 30 (sust) knots
Endurance (design): n/a
Armament: 8 single 5"/38 gun mounts; 14 twin 3"/50 gun mounts
Aircraft: 70+
Aviation facilities: 1 deck-edge, 2 centerline elevators; 2 H8 hydraulic catapults (flight deck)
Crew: ~2,900 (ship's company + air wing)

(After SCB-125; as a CVS, in 1968)
Displacement: 40,600 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 820' x 101' x 31' (full load)  /  249.9 x 30.8 x 9.4 (full load) meters
Dimensions (max.): 890' x 196'  /  271.3 x 59.7 meters
Armor: (as above)
Power plant: (as above)
Speed: 30.2 (sust) knots
Endurance (design): n/a
Armament: 4 single 5"/38 gun mounts
Aircraft: ~50 (CVS role)
Aviation facilities: 2 deck-edge, 1 centerline elevators; 2 H8 hydraulic catapults (flight deck)
Crew: 3,300+ (ship's company + air wing)
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Namesake

NS020538
162k

The Siege of Yorktown or Battle of Yorktown (September 28–October 19, 1781) was a decisive victory by a combined assault of French forces led by General Comte de Rochambeau and American forces led by General George Washington, over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. It proved to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War, as the surrender of Cornwallis’s army prompted the British government to eventually negotiate an end to the conflict.

"Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown," by John Trumbull (oil on canvas, 1820).

Note: CV-10 was named in tribute to the previous USS Yorktown (CV-5), lost at the Battle of Midway.

Text and image courtesy of Wikipedia
The Early Years — World War II
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021021
32k

"New Yorktown Launched — The new Aircraft Carrier Yorktown, already equipped with many of the mechanisms usually added later at a fitting basin, was in such a hurry to get down the ways and into action that she jumped the gun at her recent launching."

"However, the occasion went through without a mishap — due, in part, to Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt's swiftly stepping up and smacking the bow with the wine bottle. She had christened the first Yorktown seven years ago."

NS021021: From Our Navy magazine, 1 March 1943 issue.

NS021021a: USN photo.

Chester O. Morris
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021021a
216k Ron Reeves
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021005
154k Yorktown leaving Newport News, 15 April 1943, en route to her commissioning ceremony. USN
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021036
65k USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway 27 April 1943, outside Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va. She is painted in Measure 21 camouflage. The stowed hangar catapult outrigger can be seen clearly. Five lattice radio masts are fitted to the starboard edge of the flight deck (USN photo). Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021052
125k

Aircraft of Air Group Five embarked in USS Yorktown (CV-10) for her spring shakedown cruise off Trinidad, BWI. Operating as a catchall group, CVG-5 consisted of VF-1 (F6F-3 Hellcat), VB-4 and VB-6 (SB2C-1 Helldiver), and VT-5 (TBF-1 Avenger). Shown here are Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats being loaded aboard Yorktown at Norfolk Naval Base, circa May 1943. USN, courtesy Russ Egnor.

Photo and text from "Carrier Air War in Original WWII Color," by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021060
120k

Gun mounts, gun tubs and directors almost totally obscure USS Yorktown's (CV-10) stack. Note the two sailors at the top of the stack—they give a good idea of the height of the island structure.

Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021015
105k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) operating at sea, circa mid-1943, with a TBF Avenger flying over her bow. This photo may have been taken during carrier trials for the SB2C Helldiver. Most of the planes on her flight deck are of that type. Photographed by Lieutenant Commander Charles Kerlee, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-471017).

Scott Dyben
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021016
98k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway circa mid-1943, possibly during her shakedown cruise in the late spring. Planes on deck include F6F Hellcat fighters and SB2C Helldiver scout-bombers. Note this carrier's unique longitudinal black flight deck stripe.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-14379).

Scott Dyben
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021058
154k

A Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat of Fighter Squadron (VF) 1, Carrier Air Group 5, is positioned for launch, May 1943, during USS Yorktown's (CV-10) shakedown cruise. The Hellcat is painted in the non-specular blue-gray over light-gray scheme. VF-1 (established on 15 February 1943, the second USN squadron with that designation) was redesignated VF-5 on 15 July 1943. USN photo by LT Charles Kerlee.

Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021054
78k

An undated picture of an SB2C-1 Helldiver after its tailwheel collapsed on landing aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10), location unknown. USN/LT Charles Kerlee, courtesy Russ Egnor.

Photo and text from "Carrier Air War in Original WWII Color," by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021070
263k

Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver bombers of Bombing Squadron (VB) 5 pictured on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10). VB-5 went aboard Yorktown during May–June 1943 to participate in the ship's shakedown cruise. The results were disastrous, for the squadron's SB2C Helldivers suffered numerous mechanical difficulties, not the least of which was the propensity of the aircraft's tailhooks to pull out of their wells during recovery aboard the ship. Yorktown's skipper, CAPT Joseph C. "Jocko" Clark, became so irate that he had them replaced with Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bombers, which VB-5 eventually took into combat.

Photo courtesy of davewarbirds.com.

Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021051
107k USS Yorktown (CV-10). Head-on view, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va., 1 July 1943. Photo serial 5556(43). David Buell
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021051a
110k USS Yorktown (CV-10). Starboard broadside view, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va., 1 July 1943. Photo serial 5558(43). David Buell
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021001
17k

Undated, small image. Not much detail.

USN
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021037
44k USS Yorktown going at 20kts full astern, ready to take aircraft landing over the bow. The midships and after flight deck is full of parked aircraft, the deck-edge radio masts are folded down to the side for flight operations. Note four 40mm quads grouped around the island (USN photo, possibly taken not long before image NS021019, below). Robert Hurst
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021019
48k The Yorktown steams full astern to land a TBF Avenger over the bow, July 1943. Though provision for over-the-bow landing was a design requirement, it was rarely practiced and the bow arresting gear was soon eliminated. Joe Radigan
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021035
231k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) as outfitted 22 August 1943.

Overhead plan and starboard profile meticulously drawn by John Robert Barrett. Available from Navy Yard Associates (if you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource).

Navy Yard Associates
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021049
56k

View of a worn three-tone scheme F6F-3 Hellcat taken aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) in late 1943. The small "00" under the horizontal tail indicates a CAG's aircraft.

Pieter Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021027
110k

Ordnancemen working on bombs amid F6F-3 Hellcat fighters parked on the carrier's hangar deck, circa October-December 1943. Other crewmen are watching a movie in the background. Bombs appear to include two 1000-pounders and one 500-pounder. Photographed by Lieutenant Charles Kerlee, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-419959).

NHC
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021028
107k

Gilberts Operation, November 1943 — A Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighter makes condensation rings as it awaits the take-off flag aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10), 20 November 1943. The plane is from Fighting Squadron Five (VF-5). Yorktown was then hitting targets in the Marshall Islands to cover the landings in the Gilberts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-204747-A).

Pieter Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021053
105k

"Flaming Kate" is a famous WW II photo taken from aft end of USS Yorktown (CV-10). Life magazine featured this picture in full page color. "Jap torpedo bomber [Nakajima B5N Kate] explodes in air after direct hit by 5 inch shell from U.S. aircraft carrier as it attempted an unsuccessful attack on carrier, off Kwajalein." Photographer's Mate Chief Petty Officer Alfred N. Cooperman, 4 December 1943. U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-415001.

Pieter Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021061
101k

LCDR Richard Upson was the Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron VT-5 from 15 February 1943, when it was reestablished at NAS Norfolk, VA, until 30 April 1944, when he failed to return from a SAR mission to locate a downed pilot. The squadron flew Avengers through the early offensive campaign in the Pacific from the deck of USS Yorktown (CV-10).

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Bill Gonyo
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021063
70k

Island of USS Yorktown (CV-10), looking aft, in early 1944. A Mk.4 fire control radar is atop the forward 5" director; the port yardarm carries a TBS radio antenna (left) and an IFF antenna (right). There are two large, mattress air-search radar antennas, an SC-2 (left) and an SK (just to the right). There are also two SG surface-search radars, with a radio-homing beacon mounted above the SG at the top of the foremast.

Compare this view to that of September 1944, below.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021071
165k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway, possibly in the first half of 1944.

Linda Whealton, daughter of LT Pete Stamer, via Robert Hall
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021011
142k

Underway during the Marianas operation, June 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10a. Photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Science Labratory on 17 July 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-238298).

Scott Dyben
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021059
97k

A U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat (BuNo 41090) of Fighter Squadron (VF) 1 from Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) in June–July 1944. During this period Yorktown took part in the capture of Saipan, 1st Bonin raid, Battle of the Philippine Sea, 2nd and 3rd Bonin raids, capture of Guam, and raids on Palau, Yap, and Ulithi.

Robert Hurst
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021012
97k

SB2C-1 Helldiver bombers return to the carrier after a raid in early July 1944. Photographed by Photographer's Mate First Class O.L. Smith, USNR.

Note: The original caption for this photograph, released by Commander in Chief, Pacific, gives the date as 6 July 1944 and identifies the target as Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands, which was actually attacked on 4 June. Edward Steichen's "U.S. Navy War Photographs" identifies the target as Guam.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-241043).

Scott Dyben
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021045
136k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway, date and location unknown. This photo made the cover of the U.S. Army-Navy "Recognition Journal," August 1944 issue.

Robert Hurst
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021038
101k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) running trials, 30 September 1944, after a refit at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. The pictures show the carrier camouflaged in Measure 33/10A, and details of the flight deck and the numerous gun mounts along its edge. Note that the two aft radio masts have been replaced by whip aerials. USN photos.

Robert Hurst
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
NS021038a
137k Pieter B. Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021050
138k

Yorktown's island in September 1944, after an extensive overhaul at Bremerton, Washington. (See NS021050a for details.)

Compare this view to that taken earlier that year, above.

Pieter Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021050a
101k

Photo NS021050, with radar antennas annotated. The big SK air-search radar was moved aft to make room for an SM fighter-control set on the foremast. Mk-12/22 radars replaced the older Mk-4 fire-control set atop the Mk-37, 5" director. Radar beacons (CPN-6 and YJ) were added as well.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021065
114k

USS Yorktown (CV-10) underway, circa the first half of 1945.

Robert Rocker
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021006
201k Late war photo of USS Yorktown pulling alongside USS Wasp (CV-18). USN
CV-10 Yorktown
NS091902227
33k

USS Cimarron (AO-22) steams a steady course as USS Yorktown (CV-10) comes alongside, to refuel and resupply the carrier while underway in the Pacific Ocean, 4 March 1945.

US National Archives photo.

Pieter Bakels
CV-10 Yorktown
NS091902226
73k

USS Cimarron (AO-22) steams alongside USS Yorktown (CV-10) to refuel and resupply the carrier while underway in the Pacific Ocean, 4 March 1945.

US National Archives photos.

CV-10 Yorktown
NS091902228
78k
CV-10 Yorktown
NS091902229
67k
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021062
61k

Fighter squadrons took their toll of would-be kamikazes at Okinawa. One of the better-known fighter squadrons was VF-9 "Hellcats." One of VF-9's divisions was led by LT Eugene Valencia. The division, flying their Hellcats, became known as the "Flying Circus," the most successful combat team in Navy history. Here they pose for a publicity photograph (circa May 1945) after their score of Japanese planes totaled fifty. From left to right are LT(JG)s Harris Mitchell (10 kills), Clinton Smith (16 kills), and James French (11 kills), and LT Eugene Valencia (23 kills).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021029
36k V-J Day Menu, September 2, 1945. Albert Candido, SC3, via Mike Sharp, IC3.

Submitted by Robert Hall
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021030
55k
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021031
50k
After SCB-27A Modernization
USS Yorktown (CVA-10)
NS021010
85k A picture of the Yorktown not too many people see. Bill Foley (V-4 Division 1953-1954)
CV-10 Yorktown
NS0311807
103k

USS Sicily (CVE-118) photographed at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, circa February 1954, with USS Yorktown (CVA-10) at right and eleven LCM landing craft in the foreground. Grumman AF Guardian anti-submarine aircraft are parked on Sicily's flight deck. Douglas AD Skyraider attack planes are parked aft on Yorktown's flight deck.

The original caption, released by Commander Naval Forces Far East on 18 February 1954, reads: "Twins, Almost — The Essex-class carrier USS Yorktown (CVA-10) and her smaller counterpart, the escort carrier USS Sicily (CVE-118), rest side by side during a recent in-port maintenance period at the Yokosuka, Japan, Naval Base".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97318).

NHC
USS Yorktown (CVA-10)
NS021069
77k

"SXP460-3/3-SAN FRANCISCO: With Angel Island as background, two mighty carriers pass each other in Bay 3/3[/1954], as the USS Yorktown (front) sails in from 7-month Korean patrol, passing the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, outward-bound for Bremerton, Wash., where she'll undergo modernization. UNITED PRESS TELEPHOTO jrh (SPL for WC)"

Ron Reeves
After SCB-125 Modernization
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021002
41k Undated, Post SCB-125 Overhaul (55).  USN
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021040
176k

USS Yorktown (CVA-10) off Point Loma, California, sometime in 1955–1957. Official US Navy photo.

David Buell
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021046
121k

Two views of USS Yorktown (CVA-10) most likely taken in 1956. That year, "The Fighting Lady" deployed to WestPac, March 19–September 13, with ATG-4 aboard.

David Buell
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021047
145k
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021041
160k

Aerial 3/4 port bow view of the attack aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CVA-10) underway, dated 6 May 1956. Yorktown deployed to WestPac with Air Task Group 4 (ATG-4) on 19 March. Planes in this photo show a mix of "aTg" and "M" (Carrier Air Group 2, CVG-2) tail codes — ATG-4 was assigned tail code letter "Z" on 24 July 1956. Official US Navy photo (# USN-1033-L).

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021022
118k

Starboard 3/4 bow view of USS Yorktown (CVA-10) with USS Hopewell (DD-681) of DESDIV 152 coming alongside for refueling operations during 1957 Far East Cruise.

Official U.S. Navy photo from the estate of W.P. Tyler, CO of USS Hopewell at the time.

R. Tyler
CVA-10 Yorktown
NS021023
89k

Starboard quarter view of USS Hopewell (DD-681), DESDIV 152, alongside USS Yorktown (CVA-10) during refueling ops, 1957 Far East Cruise.

Official U.S. Navy photo from the estate of W.P. Tyler, CO of USS Hopewell at the time.

R. Tyler

NS021043
164k

Stern aerial view of USS Yorktown (CVA-10), taken during her 4th Westpac Deployment (March 9 – August 25, 1957). The embarked Air Group was CVG-19, tailcode "B".

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021024
106k

Underway as a CVS, circa 1958-1959.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
NS021017
123k

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) at sea off Hawaii, circa the early 1960s. Note HSS-1 helicopters on her flight deck, with noses painted red.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97458-KN).

Scott Dyben
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021025
84k

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) underway in June 1962, location unknown. She has S2F Tracker and AD-5W Skyraider fixed-wing aircraft and HSS-1 Seabat helicopters on deck.

Robert Hurst
CVS-10 Yorktown + AFS-1 Mars
NS09520106
46k

USS Mars (AFS-1) during an underway replenishment with USS Yorktown (CVS-10), mid-1960s. US Navy photo from All Hands magazine, August 1967.

Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

NS021007
51k Stern view of USS Yorktown 1 May 1964, official USN photo #KN-9569 PH3 W.S. Frazeur

NS021008
38k  Port bow view of USS Yorktown, 1 May 1964, official USN photo #KN-9570 PH3 W.S. Frazeur
Task Force 77
NS026119
166k

Task Force 77 operating in the South China Sea, March 1965. It had recently launched strikes against North Vietnam. Carriers present are (clockwise from bottom): Ranger (CVA-61), Yorktown (CVS-10), Coral Sea (CVA-43) and Hancock (CVA-19). The guided missile cruiser Canberra (CAG-2) is in the center of the formation. The destroyer screen includes: England (DLG-22), Gurke (DD-783), Rogers (DD-876), Walker (DD-517), O'Bannon (DD-450), Somers (DD-947), Jenkins (DD-447), John A. Bole (DD-755), Higbee (DD-806), Buck (DD-761), Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and Ernest G. Small (DD-838). This photograph was specially posed, and does not represent a normal operating formation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1109915).

James Shriver, PHCM, USN (Ret), notes: "The photo [...] was taken in an exercise we called 'Operation Candid Camera.' On day one it was tried by a Vigilante photo plane. They missed. So the next day it was tried again and the photos were taken with a hand held camera from a HS-8 helicopter. The photographer was PH1 Elvin C. Conarty (now deceased). I was there... I processed the film and printed the photos."

NHC
USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
NS021018
93k

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) in posed formation with her escorts and some of her aircraft during Exercise Sea Imp, a major Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) exercise conducted in the western Pacific during the first part of 1966. The two leading escorts are USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) at left and USS Bronstein (DE-1037) at right. Other escorts include two destroyers and two escort ships. Planes overhead include S-2, E-1 and SH-3 types.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (photo # USN 1120536).

Scott Dyben

NS021044
68k

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) with escorts, possibly during South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) Exercise Sea Imp, 1966. (See NS021018.)

Robert Hurst
USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
NS021032
11k

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) as an anti-submarine (ASW) carrier in 1968, with S-2 Trackers ASW, E-1 Tracer early-warning planes, and an SH-3 Sea King ASW helicopter on her flight deck.

(USN photo # 1129551).

NHC
USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
NS021072
120k

"CVS-10-0486-12-68 Point Loma (Dec. 13, 1968)—The Antisubmarine Warfare Support Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown (CVS-10). Official Navy Photograph by PH2 Hill from Naval Photographic Center Naval Station, Washington, D.C. 20390. (Photo 1143832)."

Robert M. Cieri
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021003
55k

Entering Pearl Harbor, with the aircraft from the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" on board, December 1968.

© Richard Leonhardt
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021067
139k

"NXP/RYOR1617966-12/27/68—ABOARD THE USS YORKTOWN: Apollo 8 space capsule, which had just carried three American astronauts 500,000 miles on man's first trip to the moon and back, is hauled aboard the recovery ship Yorktown after its splashdown in the Pacific early 12/27[, 1968]. UPI RADIO jm"

Ron Reeves
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021004
58k Pearl Harbor Hawaii, January 1969. © Richard Leonhardt

NS021009
61k USS Yorktown (CVS-10) underway in the Atlantic preparing for Operation Spark Plug, 1 June 1969.  Official USN photo KN-18706. (Shows how markings were repainted differently after "Tora! Tora! Tora!" filming.) PH3 W.S. Frazeur
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS024261
286k

"Navy Moves Some Ships on Short Notice. — Washington, Oct. 18 [1969] (UPI) — The navy placed some of its ships on emergency alert as part of an apparent readiness test today, causing alarm as ships were pulled suddenly from European and American ports." Article from the Chicago Tribune.

USS Yorktown (CVS-10) left Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) left Mayport, Florida.

Tom E. Rostkowski ATN2,
VA-87 "Golden Warriors"
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021066
113k

"The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, known as the 'Fighting Lady of World War II,' passed Boston Light 3/3[, 1970] as she arrived in Boston to await decommissioning in June. The ship tied up at the South Boston Annex of the Boston Naval Shipyard. UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL TELE"

Ron Reeves
Ex-Yorktown
NS021068
69k

"VOYAGE TO CHARLESTON—A tug tows decommissioned carrier U.S.S. Yorktown through New York harbor yesterday [(9 June 1975)] at start of vessel's voyage to Charleston, S.C., where she is to become a state naval museum. Carrier, nicknamed the 'Fighting Lady,' had been decommissioned earlier in the day during a ceremony in Bayonne, N.J. AP Photo"

Ron Reeves
"Welcome Aboard"
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021026
188k

Mid- to late-1960s.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Patches
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021042
173k

Far East Cruise, January–July 1960.

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-10 Yorktown
NS021042a
114k

Navigators Far Gar Way, USS Yorktown (CVS-10).

Ron Reeves
CV-10 Yorktown
NS021056
250k

Alumni USS Yorktown (CV-10), "The Fighting Lady."

Courtesy of Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.
USS Yorktown in the Movies
CV-10 Yorktown, 'The Fighting Lady'
NS021033
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Made at the height of World War II, released to the public in January 1945, and considered one of the best documentaries of that time, "The Fighting Lady" records the life of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown from her launching in 1943 through her victorious sweep across the Pacific. "The Fighting Lady" received the Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as a Special Documentary Award from the New York Film Critics. Noted photographer CDR Edward J. Steichen, USNR, supervised the making of the film and famous actor LT Robert Taylor, USNR, was the narrator. (Although most footage was shot aboard Yorktown, several scenes were filmed aboard other Essex-class carriers, most notably USS Hornet, USS Ticonderoga and USS Bunker Hill).

Simultaneously with the filming of "The Fighting Lady" some background shots were taken for "Wing and a Prayer" (1944, directed by Henry Hathaway; starring Don Ameche and Dana Andrews).


Yorktown was also featured in a short (19') documentary, "Jet Carrier," produced in 1954 by Otto Lang.

Poster courtesy of the USS Yorktown CV 10 Association
CVS-10 Yorktown, 'Get Smart'
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"Temporarily out of CONTROL," an episode of the "Get Smart" show (season 4, episode 12) was filmed aboard USS Yorktown (CVS-10). The episode was written by Arne Sultan, Leonard Stern, Alan Burns and Chris Hayward; directed by James Komack; and aired on 14 December 1968. Don Adams, Barbara Feldon and Edward Platt were the featured stars.

(Thanks to Dan Turygan for pointing it out.)

Photo courtesy of the USS Yorktown CV 10 Association
CV-10 Yorktown, 'Tora, Tora, Tora'
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In December 1968 USS Yorktown played the role of the Imperial Japanese Navy's aircraft carrier Akagi in the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (released in 1970, directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda; starring Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten and Tatsuya Mihashi).

While it does contain some factual errors, in general terms "Tora! Tora! Tora!" can be considered a fairly accurate account of the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and of the attack itself.

Yorktown's "make up" included sandbags around the bridge, and flight deck markings repainted to make her look like a straight deck carrier. Flight deck crewmen were disguised to resemble WW2 Japanese sailors. Curiously, Akagi (Vice Admiral Nagumo's flagship for the Pearl Harbor attack) was one of two carriers in the Japanese strike force to have a port side island — Yorktown, like all US carriers, had hers on the starboard side.

Poster courtesy of the Dave Worrall collection of Cinema Retro
CVS-10 Yorktown, 'Tora, Tora, Tora'
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Curtiss P-40 and Tom E. Rostkowski, ATN2, VA-87 "Golden Warriors," on Flight Line at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, February 1969.

Tom E. Rostkowski, ATN2,
VA-87 "Golden Warriors"
CVS-10 Yorktown, 'Tora, Tora, Tora'
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Japanese dive bombers on Flight Line at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, February 1969. Planes in photos NS021034a, NS021034b and NS021034c were used in the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and brought over on USS Yorktown (CVS-10).

CVS-10 Yorktown, 'Tora, Tora, Tora'
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Single "Japanese" plane taxiing to take off on Flight Line at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, February 1969.

CVS-10 Yorktown, 'Tora, Tora, Tora'
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A B-17 at Barbers Point, HI, for the filming of Tora, Tora, Tora. Tom took this photo in January 1969, while on a Det. from VA-87.

Models
CV-10 Yorktown
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USS Yorktown (CV-10) painted in Measure 33 Design 10A camouflage, 1944–1945.

Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models
CV-10 Yorktown
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USS Yorktown (CV-10) painted in Measure 33 Design 10A camouflage, circa June 1944.

Courtesy of All Wood Ships
CV-10 Yorktown
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CV-10 Yorktown
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For more photos of this ship, see:

View the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date: October 9, 10 & 11, 2008
Place: USS YORKTOWN CV-10, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Contact: Gwen Corey, Shipboard Director
Address: P.O. Box 1021
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
Phone: (843) 849-1928
E-mail: yorktwn@aol.com
Web site: www.ussyorktown.net
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