Comments by Jim Campbell
July 30th, 2019
Besides some fun, a good bit of Naval Military History follows below.
This version of the “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” music video was created by Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum as part of its ongoing effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The men who are featured in the video are all Vietnam Veterans who have helped to build the exhibit.
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” was one of the most requested songs by United States Armed Forces members stationed in South Vietnam during the war.
The music video was filmed in the museum’s Vietnam Experience Exhibit.
Thank you to Sony/ATV Music Publishing for allowing us to use the song as performed by The Animals. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is located at: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC – on beautiful Charleston Harbor.
Patriots Point is also the final docking spot for the U.S.S. York Town Aircraft Carrier.
The impressive USS Yorktown CV-10 aircraft carrier is 900 feet in length and weighing more than 27,000 tons, this carrier was nicknamed the “Fighting Lady” by its crew of 2,500 sailors during World War II.
The USS Yorktown, commissioned in 1943, was one of the first models of the new Essex class of ships that could hold more aircraft than its predecessors and became integral to the efforts during WWII.
Named after the American carrier destroyed in the Battle of Midway (USS Yorktown CV-5), this magnificent vessel is one of the most popular attractions in Charleston.
The Yorktown participated in battles such as the Battle of the Philippine Sea and Iwo Jima, and even became a target of Kamikaze attacks during the war.
She became an important force in attacks against Tokyo and in the Hawaiian Islands.
She even helped sink the Japanese battleship Yamato, and then aided in bringing servicemen home to the United States when the war ended.
The courageous crew that ran the ship earned many Medals of Honor for its heroism during the war effort.
After WWII, the Fighting Lady continued to play an integral role in the American Navy.
Used in the Vietnam War and even in the recovery of NASA’s Apollo 8’s crew, the Yorktown represents a piece of American history.