Memorial Day presentation aboard the U.S.S. Hornet


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I’m deeply honored to have been chosen to make a China’s Wings presentation aboard the U.S.S. Hornet for Memorial Day.

Monday, May 26, 2014. The celebrations start at 1 p.m. in Alameda, California.

Best of all, I’ll be appearing with Moon Chin, one of the main supporting characters in China’s Wings. Moon’s a national treasure, and he recently celebrated his 101st birthday.

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There’s an excellent historical connection between the Hornet and Moon Chin. The Doolittle Raid took off from the Hornet (CV-8) on April 18, 1942, bombed Japan in the famed Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo raid, and carried on to land in China. A few weeks later, on May 5, 1942, CNAC superstar Moon Chin flew Jimmy Doolittle out of China, an event recounted in China’s Wings.

CV-8 was sunk in October 1942 at the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. CV-12, the Hornet tied up in Alameda and turned into an excellent museum, was commissioned in her honor in late 1943 and carried on the Hornet’s illustrious tradition throughout the rest of the Second World War.

The Memorial Day ceremony starts at 1:00 pm. I hope to see you there.

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I’ve posted a lot of stories pertaining to Moon Chin in my Moon Chin category.

This post “CNAC’s two senior pilots, plus links to Moon Chin stories” will connect you to some of the best (and also to a fine picture).

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2 Responses to Memorial Day presentation aboard the U.S.S. Hornet

  1. China’s Wings, though highly detailed history, is utterly thrilling and a page turner even!! The volume was brilliantly researched and developed; massive actually, and treats a little known but exciting phase in modern history. Wow and thanks Greg! Glad this even at the Hornet was able to happen though!

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