My Visit to the USS Hornet Museum @HornetMuseum

Posted: June 9, 2018 in World War II
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USS Hornet (CVS-12)

As you know, if you have read any of my posts about my father and the USS Hornet, visiting the the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, California was on my “Bucket List”.  I live on the east coast of the United States and Alameda, California is nearly 3,000 miles away.  In April, my husband and I finally took a vacation to Northern California and this trip included a visit to the aircraft carrier that my father called home from 1943 to 1945.

The visit is mostly self-guided but you can have a guided tour of the island. An aircraft carrier’sisland” is the command center for flight-deck operations, as well as the ship as a whole. We were lucky to meet docent, Bob Meyers when we arrived on the flight deck.  It wasn’t crowded at the time and we had him to ourselves for informative conversation.  He made us very welcome and I felt treated like a legacy when I told him that my father served on the USS Hornet (CV-12) during the war. He then lead us in a group of vistors on a tour of the island.  It was worth the trip.  Here is a slideshow of the photorgraphs I took.

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  1. I’m lucky to live within driving distance of the Hornet and have visited many times. Always a treat. Glad to hear you got to see it!

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