What did Yorktown have to do with World War 2?
I am assuming that the question is in regard to the USS
Yorktown, an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. The
Yorktown was named to honor the critical 1781 victory of U.S. and
French forces over the British Army under Lord Cornwallis during
the American Revolution. The USS Yorktown was instrumental in
helping halt the Japanese advance on Port Moresby at the Battle of
the Coral Sea. Although this was a strategic victory in that it
ended the Japanese invasion attempt, the USS Lexington was sunk and
the Yorktown damaged, the Japanese lost one light carrier (IJN
Shoho) and suffered heavy damage to another fleet carrier. The
Yorktown was quickly repaired from this action and rushed into the
critical Battle of Midway, in which her aircraft assisted in the
destruction of four Japanese carriers...turning the tide of the
Pacific War. The ship was crippled by air attacks from the Japanese
carrier IJN Hiryu, and later finished-off by a Japanese submarine.
A new carrier named Yorktown (Essex class) was commissioned during
the war and served with distinction in many later campaigns and
battles in the Pacific. This ship is still in existence as a an
exhibit at Patriots Point, South Carolina.