Community members joined veterans aboard the USS Hornet on Tuesday to honor the memory of the men who joined Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle on his April 18, 1942, raid on Japan. Kelly Estes, whose great-uncle Sgt. Donald Fitzmaurice lost his life during the raid, addressed those gathered for the ceremony (below).
June Idell Foster passed away on April 20. Her spirit lives on aboard the USS Hornet, however. A Bay Area native, Foster grew up in a military family and put her support behind military and veteran causes. This included contributing the funds to restore the Grumman TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber aboard the USS Hornet.
During restoration volunteers painted the Avenger with the markings of VT-17, a squadron that fought from the deck of USS Hornet CV-12 during World War II.
Military history, protection of endangered birds and support for military veterans shared an Alameda Point runway on Saturday, April 2, during a lecture tour sponsored by the Naval Air Museum. The occasion was the 74th anniversary of the departure of the USS Hornet to carry out the bombing raid on Japan led by Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle.
Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.
He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.
On Monday, July 3, 75 people celebrated America’s 241st birthday by becoming United States citizens aboard the USS Hornet. These brand-new Americans hailed from 26 different counties on five continents. The new citizens were part of 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies held across the country as 15,000 people took the oath of citizenship in public libraries, national parks, museums and on baseball fields. One ceremony took place at Monticello, the home of founding father Thomas Jefferson.
The aircraft carrier USS Hornet — docked at 707 West Hornet Ave. on Alameda Point — invites the community on board for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Hornet will host the remembrance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 7. The carrier will especially honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.
Scheduled speakers will include a member of the 442rd Regimental Combat Team, a distinguished airman and a member of the Navy WAVES.
Stacked Adventures, an outdoor guide, gear and concierge service in Alameda, is organizing another special kayak tour of Seaplane Lagoon on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The tour is designed to inform the participants about upcoming Alameda Point development projects. Those who sign up will kayak past the Navy’s Reserve fleet, MARAD, and the USS Hornet, then paddle out to the breakwater enjoying the sea breeze, marine life and scenic views of the Bay Area.
On Thursday, March 10, members of the city’s Recreation and Park Department took a tour of five current and upcoming park projects. The tour included the aging Encinal Boat Launch Facility, one of the few places in Alameda that offers resident direct and free access to San Francisco Bay.
The USS Hornet Museum has again partnered with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office at the United States Naval Academy to host the Second Annual Stem-to-Sea-and-Sky Program. This free special science teacher training event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, aboard the Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3.
The USS Hornet announced that the floating museum has hired its first female executive director in the person of Jill Knowland Rapposelli. She will lead museum operations, educational programs and the ship’s capital campaign. A Piedmont resident, Rapposelli lives in Piedmont. She comes to the Hornet from Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center where she served as Chief Operating Officer for 10 years.