The Hornet Heritage Society

///The Hornet Heritage Society

What is “Heritage?” It’s defined as “an inheritance.” We do everything here aboard Hornet so that this inheritance is passed on to future generations. So that years from now generations of Americans, especially young people, will know the remarkable story of Hornet and the men who crewed her as well as stories of the Navy, World War II, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

The mission of the Museum, the reason it has been so carefully restored and maintained, is to preserve and share that history. When you join the Hornet Heritage Society by declaring or making a Planned Gift you’re ensuring the continuation of that mission. Help us teach future generations about courage, patriotism, unity, and what it means to be an American.

History only lives when it’s passed on.

There are many ways to make a Planned Gift:

  • Naming the Museum in your will or living trust
  • Designating the Museum as a beneficiary of your IRA or retirement plan
  • Making the Museum the beneficiary of your life insurance policy

Contact Armando Zumaya, the Chief Development Officer aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to have a conversation about how you can make a planned gift.

We also have a volunteer who is an Estate Planning Attorney who can help you on a pro-bono basis for the Museum. Contact him at:

George Derieg
2219 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B-2
Alameda, CA 94501

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One Donor’s Story

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Hornet Heritage Society Members

 Their Story:

Paul Ackerman served as an engineering officer aboard USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) from 1956 to 1959, both sister ships of USS Hornet (CVS-12).  His wife, Valerie, was a frequent dinner guest of the Kearsarge wardroom and spent a day at sea on the ship on a Dependent’s Day cruise.   She also met the ship in Alameda where she dined at the NAS Officer’s Club.

Coming full circle, the Ackermans, who live in Minnesota, purchased a home in Alameda 46 years later in order to spend their winters in the Bay Area, where their three daughters reside with their families.  Shortly thereafter, Paul volunteered as a docent aboard the Hornet Museum and has served in this capacity for the past fifteen years.

With carrier life playing such an important role in their history together, it seemed appropriate to the Ackermans to consider an endowment gift to the USS Hornet Museum with a special emphasis on the supporting the STEM program, which gives school children an introduction to the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines so essential so our country’s economic future.  The USS Hornet Museum STEM program offers students unique, first-hand examples of the applications of these technologies as well as a valuable exposure to life on-board a World War II aircraft carrier.