USS Hornet Museum to honor Vietnam aviation legend

On May 21, the USS Hornet Museum´s Living Ship Day will honor highly decorated Navy pilot, Lt. William Sharp, for his heroism after surviving being shot down during the Vietnam War, the company said.

The presentation will be at 1:00pm at the museum.

A California central valley native, Sharp will receive a USS Hornet Museum Heroism Award for his service during the Vietnam War.

Sharp is a distinguished combat pilot and the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, 12 Air Medals, Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation with Combat V (valor) Medal.

His flight records include piloting Vought F-8 Crusaders and Grumman F-11 Tiger during the 1960´s. Sharp will present his memories about serving in Vietnam, as a member of Squadron VF-191 and his courageous tale of survival after being shot down and ejecting over the Tonkin Gulf of North Vietnam.

The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination for families located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology.