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Dozens of Former Sailors Gather at USS Yorktown Reunion

7:15 AM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
The U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston Harbor (image credit Mark Wilson/Getty)
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Dozens of sailors who once served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown are gathering for the Yorktown Association's 64th annual reunion on the South Carolina coast.

The World War II-era carrier is the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant.

The three-day reunion opening Thursday includes 10 sailors who served aboard the carrier during World War II. In all, about 150 veterans who served on the ship are attending.

Highlights of the reunion include Friday's dedication of a recently refurbished H-3 helicopter aboard the Yorktown.

On Saturday, there's a meet-and-greet with the former crewmen. That allows members of the public to learn firsthand about the carrier from those who sailed aboard the Yorktown.

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