Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Yorktown participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary "The Fighting Lady" was filmed aboard Yorktown.
For images of the Yorktown, click here.
To view Yorktown’s entry in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, click here.
To tour the USS Yorktown in Patriots Point, SC, click here.
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