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Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Blythewood High School JROTC cadets tour Patriots Point and The Citadel

BLYTHEWOOD- Recently Blythewood High School JROTC cadets took a break from the books and traveled to Charleston. During this field study cadets toured the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point and The Citadel.

The USS Yorktown, one of the Navy Essex ships, was built during WWII and could carry up to 100 planes. The ship was named after the Battle of Yorktown and was the fourth Navy ship named “Yorktown.” The USS Yorktown earned 11 battle stars for service in WWII, the ship was decommissioned in 1970, and moved to Charleston to become the focal point for the Patriots Point Museum.

Touring the USS Yorktown, cadets gained an appreciation for sailor’s daily life on a ship. The cadets were astounded by the Medal of Honor Museum and some made it a goal to be able to become an American hero like the ones displayed in the Museum.

Cadets spent the afternoon learning about The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. The visit began with a briefing from one of The Citadel admissions officers. Cadets learned that The Citadel is a Public school and all students are not required to enter the military. During the tour of the college, cadets got to explore the campus and embrace the life of an actual military cadet. The highlight of the trip was hearing the cannons and observing the end of week Retreat Parade conducted by The Citadel Corps of Cadets.

For more information, please contact LTC Charles White at cwhite@richland2.org or 803-691-4090.

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