Veterans Day On the USS Hornet

Tim Hampton addressed those gathered last Tuesday for Veterans Day ceremonies aboard USS Hornet. They included survivors of Air Group 11, seated in a place of honor in front of Hampton. These men represent the pilots and aircrews who earned a Presidential Unit Citation during World War II.

Hampton curated an exhibition aboard the Hornet that highlights the history of Air Group 11 from 1942-1945. During that time the group’s pilots and crews, including the men pictured here, went through combat tours that shot down 105 enemy planes and destroyed 272 planes on the ground.

"The exhibit also honors the more than 60 men who were killed, listed as missing in action and wounded during just four months of flying missions," Hampton said.

The Hornet’s Resident Chaplain John Berger led a memorial service honoring veterans.