SCE&G donates $125,000 to help preserve video war stories at Patriots Point

The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown

MOUNT PLEASANT - Visitors to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will soon find video kiosks at more than 15 sites where soldiers, sailors and Marines will give video testimonials describing how and where they served.

SCE&G on Wednesday announced a $125,000 donation to the aircraft carrier Yorktown Foundation to help preserve veterans’ war stories and oral histories.

The donation will help the museum expand its video series titled “War Stories.”

Patriots Point has been archiving video interviews of service members dating back to World War II. As envisioned, the touch-screen kiosks showing excerpts of these interviews will go up on museum tour routes, including on the Yorktown, the destroyer Laffey and the museum’s Vietnam firebase re-creation.

For instance, at least 15 interviews have been collected from those who served in battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in 1965.

One of those interviewed by the museum includes Marine helicopter pilot Joe Caruso, of Summerville, who flew the dual rotor CH-46 Sea Knight.

Carsuso said the videos, especially in the age where Americans don’t face a military draft, are important in showing “what it was like to be on active duty risking your life to defend the United States.”