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The museum preserves historic ships and aircraft, such as the USS Yorktown (CV-10), which earned a total of 16 battle stars in both World War II and Vietnam. It also recovered the astronauts from the Apollo 8 capsule, and showcased in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Fighting Lady, which, contrary to popular belief, is not about Margaret Thatcher’s boxing career.
Other sites include the National Historic Landmark USS Laffey, which survived attacks at D-Day and Okinawa, acted as a support ship during the A-bomb test at Bikini Atoll, and earned two battle stars during the Korean War.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum preserves history from both air and sea. The museum is home to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, a battleship docked at the shore, which served in World War II and Vietnam, and retrieved the Apollo 8 astronauts. Not far away, the USS Clamagore —the only Guppy III submarine preserved in the United States—is tied up in the water. Commissioned in 1944, the USS Laffey supported the D-Day landings at Normandy, and then served in Okinawa where it survived five kamikaze attacks and three bombs.
More than 28 historical aircraft occupy the museum’s flight deck, hangar bay, and shore ranging from an F6F Hellcat to a full-scale replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flyer. Onboard the USS Yorktown, the Medal of Honor Museum educates visitors about the United States’ highest award for military valor. Outside, the Cold War Memorial pays tribute to the men who served on submarines during the Cold War.