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Curbed San Fransisco

Haunted house moves into Alameda’s historic USS Hornet

“Something’s gotten into the USS Hornet.

The World War II-era aircraft carrier floating off of Alameda (which served in such diverse engagements as the Vietnam war and the Apollo moon missions) has been working overtime of late to attract more locals into its portals.

One of their more eclectic efforts opens Saturday, as a spookhouse stocked with local actors gathers in the historic ship’s long and lonely corridors to scare the bejeezus out of paying guests every weekend through Halloween.”

October 7, 2016


East Bay Times

Alameda: New exhibits to open at USS Hornet Museum

“ALAMEDA — Visitors to the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum can soon view two new exhibits, including one that traces the history of the aircraft carrier from the Revolutionary War through to the space age.

The other exhibit, “Entertaining the Troops,” will highlight the ways that sailors maintained morale during their long trips at sea, when they played sports, made crafts and enjoyed holiday dinners, as well as visits from celebrities.”

September 6, 2016


East Bay Times

Alameda: Memorial set for USS Hornet supporter

“ALAMEDA — June Idell Foster held a deep regard for those who served in the military during World War II and she made a tribute to their sacrifice part of her legacy.

Foster, who died April 20 at the age of 87 in San Francisco, paid for the restoration of the TBM Avenger torpedo bomber on display at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The vintage aircraft, a key attraction in the ship’s hangar bay, is now known as “Miss June” in Foster’s honor. The name is painted on the bomber’s nose.”

June 1, 2016


Alameda Sun

Farewell ‘Miss June’

“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.”

May 17, 2016


SF Gate

Stepping back in time on the USS Hornet

“Launched in 1943, the USS Hornet (CV-12) aircraft carrier participated in some of the most significant campaigns of the Pacific — the Doolittle raids over Tokyo, the Battle of Midway, Iwo Jima, among many others — aided by the hard work and heroism of 3,400 crewmen and aviators.

After serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Hornet retrieved the Apollo 11 space capsule in 1969, transporting the first astronauts to walk on the moon back to the mainland in a special mobile quarantine unit. It did the same for the Apollo 12 crew before being decommissioned in 1970.”

May 2, 2016

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East Bay Times

Alameda: USS Hornet to mark anniversary of WWII’s Doolittle Raid

“ALAMEDA — A veteran who witnessed the launch of the “Doolittle Raid,” one of the most legendary American missions during World War II, will visit the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum on Saturday.

Edward Nowatzki, who was born in Chicago in 1922 and now lives in Roseville, was serving with a gunnery crew aboard the USS Hornet when he watched Jimmy Doolittle and his men set off to bomb Japan in April 1942, an attack that gave the nation a much-needed morale boost in the months after Pearl Harbor.”

April 13, 2016


PR Newswire

USS Hornet Museum to Host WWII Veteran from Hornet CV-8 to Commemorate the Jimmy Doolitte Raid

“ALAMEDA, Calif., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As part of Living Ship Day on Sat., April 16, 2016, the USS Hornet Museum (Hornet) will commemorate the 74th anniversary of World War II’s infamous Doolittle Tokyo Air Raid (Raid), which was led by Alameda-born Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle. Events include a presentation by WWII veteran and former CV-8 crewmember, Richard Nowatzki who, as an eyewitness to the launch of the historic Raid, will share his memories.

The Hornet’s April 16th Living Ship Day will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and will include a big band performance by The Hornet Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The USS Hornet Museum is located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 in Alameda. Normal admission prices apply. The media and public are invited.”

April 8, 2016