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People Take Oath to Become U.S. Citizens Aboard USS Hornet

People Take Oath to Become U.S. Citizens Aboard USS Hornet

Alameda, CA  the spirit of 1776 – the birth year of the United States of America – 76 people on Monday took the oath to become U.S. citizens on the deck of the USS Hornet stationed in Alameda.

The newest U.S. citizens hail from 26 different countries, ranging from every continent not named Australia and Antarctica. Most of the freshly-minted Americans came from China followed by Philippines, India and Mexico.

Safety, representation and opportunity were just some of the reasons why the 76 people chose to become citizens.

For more of the story, visit NBC Bay Area.

July 3, 2017

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the staff and all of the volunteers that donate their time and energy to keep this ship open, I want to welcome you the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.

“We are honored and humbled to part of this special ceremony and we take great pride in being part of your special day with you and your families. We are excited that today, the day before we, as a Nation, celebrate our independence, that we have gathered on the Hornet’s flight deck to recognize and celebrate your allegiance to the United States.

“This is the second time that the Hornet has hosted a naturalization ceremony.  The last time was eleven years ago today, on July 3, 2006 when RADM Jody Breckenridge, then Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District welcomed 75 new citizens.

“The USS Hornet has a long and storied history, and that history was created in no small part because of men and women such as you.

“If you go through the various cruise books of the Hornet which document the cruises, the missions, the personal histories of those who served in the Hornet you will discover that the names of those who served our Nation on this ship are no different than your names.  You will, of course, find the Smiths and the Joneses, but you will also find the Reillys and the Auerbachs.  You will find the Myers, the Mihelics, and the Lavignes.  Then there are the Hernandezes, the Palumbos, the DeGuzmans and the Tokunagas.  In short, what you find when you look at the names of the brave men who have served on this ship is that we are, indeed, a nation of immigrants.  We are indeed, that melting pot of the world.

“Perhaps no other institution in our country, as those names in the cruise book indicate, better represents our melting pot society than that of the military.  So it is extremely fitting that today, as we celebrate your naturalization as U.S. citizens, that it is celebrated here, on the deck of the legendary USS Hornet, once home to so many immigrants and sons of immigrants.

“Following the conclusion of today’s ceremony, I cordially invited all of you and your families to take the time to explore the ship and see our exhibits.  We have many docents available today to help answer any questions you may have about the Hornet.

“With that, let me be the first to congratulate on your new status as United States citizens and please, accept my thanks again, for letting the USS Hornet be a part of this wonderful and uniquely American celebration.”


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USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum Selected as a Smithsonian Affiliate

New Partnership Facilitates Smithsonian Resources to Alameda

Alameda, CA Representatives from the Smithsonian Institution and the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum announced today the addition of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum to the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliate program.

“We are honored to welcome the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum into the family of Smithsonian Affiliates.  The USS Hornet played a remarkable part in American history, both in battle and in the recovery of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts upon their return from the moon,” said Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations Director.  “It is fitting that the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum preserves and shares that important history with visitors of all ages, including a special loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the Apollo Block 1 Command Module.  We hope that our new partnership, informed by the history of the USS Hornet and the heroism of those who served, will inspire a new generation and guide them as leaders of the future.”

“We are extremely proud to be part of the Smithsonian Affiliate network,” said Jill Knowland, Executive Director, USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. “Our selection to this program is a continuation of the Museum’s ever expanding mission of connecting our Nation’s ‘Greatest Generation’ with future generations and preserving the history and legacy of this national and state historical landmark.”

The partnership includes object loan assistance, professional development, co-branding opportunities, and more. The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum joins 216 organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama that are part of the Smithsonian Affiliations program, all working to preserve heritages, expand knowledge and inspire learning.

May 31, 2017

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Joint Forces Journal

Special Behind-the-Scenes “Where Did They Get That?” Tour Offered at USS Hornet Museum

“ALAMEDA — Have you ever wondered how the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum is able to obtain and then store all the Museum’s unique artifacts when they aren’t on display? Come aboard on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and, as a special bonus to your general admission, enjoy a special, first of its kind, behind-the-scenes tour to see the collection storage facilities of the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum.”

May 26, 2017


CBS Local

Bay Area’s First-Ever Floating Hip-Hop Festival Aboard USS Hornet

“ALAMEDA — Rapper Wiz Khalifa was just one of the headliners in the Bay Area’s first ever floating Hip-Hop festival.

The event was billed the First Annual Ship Show Music Festival.

Concertgoers came to dance to their favorite Hip-Hop jams and check out the beautiful San Francisco skyline aboard the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier and permanently docked museum in Alameda.

“It’s pretty cool it’s memorable because you never go to a concert on a ship, you never see that,” said concertgoer Jenya Fedirko of Pleasanton.”

May 27, 2017

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Joint Forces Journal

USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum to Honor Moms in the Military

Alameda – “The USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum will kick-off Mother’s Day one day earlier on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with a salute to moms everywhere, including a very special Mother’s Day tea in the Officers’ Wardroom. The tea will consist of two separate seatings, 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and both will offer a wide variety of teas, savory snacks and special sweet treats. Moms of all ages are cordially invited to participate.”

May 5, 2017


East Bay Times

Peterson: Sometimes War is Hella Funny

Alameda – ”

On April 18, the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, Richard Nowatzki, 93, recounted his experience as a crewman on the ship that launched U.S. bombers to attack Tokyo.

Nowatzki, speaking at an event at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, related his adventure as exciting, awe-inspiring and kind of funny.

April 25, 2016

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Alameda Sun

Hornet Honors Raiders


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).

Fitzmaurice served as the engineer-gunner on the Green Hornet, the sixth B-25 to take off from USS Hornet. After bombing Tokyo, his crew flew to China. When their plane ran out of fuel, they ditched it off the coast. Fitzmaurice and Cpl. William Dieter drowned in the aircraft when it ditched. ”

April 18, 2017


ABC7 News

Senator John McCain joins USS Hornet Museum’s advisory board

ALAMEDA, Calif – “.Senator John McCain is taking on a new role in the Bay Area.

McCain will join the advisory board of the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda.

March 30, 2017