I’m Waring “Butch” Hills, a native of Mount Pleasant, SC. If you told me that I would retire from my Navy career and return home to work on an aircraft carrier, I would have laughed. But… here I am today onboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10).
I served as an E-2C naval flight officer in the Navy, with tours at VAW-126, VAW-78, VAW-77 and CVWR-20. I am also a private pilot and historian. I was selected to attend Navy Fighter Weapons School in January – February 1983, graduated from the Naval War College (Off-campus) in 1989 and received my MA in History from the Citadel/University of Charleston. I now help to bring CV-10 to life as she continues to serve her nation, first as a warship (1943-1970) and today as a museum and classroom at Mount Pleasant, SC (1975-present).
Every month I meet fascinating folks onboard visiting the second of our nation’s Essex class aircraft carriers and will be posting their visits and pictures/videos in the future. Check in every month to see what has been happening onboard and who has visited. On the scout page we’ll cover the plethora of Boy and Girl Scouts who actually camp onboard.
Significant historical events, mainly naval or those associated with Yorktown and South Carolina, will also be featured in my blog.
I also hope to hear from you, any and all questions…We have a ready deck for you here at Patriots Point onboard the YORKTOWN…come along on our journey…it’s never boring…launch’em!