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LIVING HISTORY


LESSON for


Junior Girls Aboard


Georgia USS Yorktown 14 LADIES AUXILIARY VFW MAGAZINE


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hen Junior Girls from the Department of Georgia asked to take a field trip,


then-Department Youth Activities Chairman Brenda Brake immediately thought of a fun and educational visit to the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy, it participated in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The ship earned 11 battle stars for service in WWII. In 1958, the ship was designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier, and it would later earn five battle stars for service off Vietnam. Funded by Department assistance and their own fundraisers, 16 Junior Girls from Unit 5376, Calhoun, Georgia, and their chaperones, spent two nights aboard the Yorktown. As


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