On Monday afternoon, Milpitas Rotary Club members and guests were given a Powerpoint-guided tour and history lesson about our national treasure, the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum in Alameda. Held at Brandon's Restaurant at noon, it was led by Docent and Navy veteran Tom Federico.
The Hornet saw action in World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission to the moon. The first Hornet was christened in 1775 and was active in our Revolutionary War.
The 7th Hornet took part in the Doolittle raid in 1942 and then the Battle of Midway. It was later lost to an overwhelming air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz. The eighth Hornet (CV12) was commissioned in 1943 and served in WWII until 1945 and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
The Hornet flawlessly recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule and the first men to walk on the moon. The Hornet opened to the public in 1998 as an aircraft carrier museum in Alameda, California.
Past Campbell Rotary President, William (Bill) Beck, owner of Beck's Shoes, also visited Milpitas Rotary. One of his stores is in the Milpitas Town Center.