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Midway Island Revisited

Hello my Midway friends.

Midway is one of my favorite places in the world. I was stationed there for two years when I was a young man in the US Navy in the 1970's. I have been very much blessed to have been able to return to Midway several times since then. Each time I go I'm filled with so many mixed emotions. The island has since been put into the hands of the US Fish and Wildlife Service for safe keeping. My mixed emotions involve my love of the island and its beauty and the excitement to be able to return, mixed with realization of the lack of upkeep and the degradation of the island since the USFWS has taken it over. There just seems to be a lack of want to preserve or interpret the island's history and legacy. I find this sad. 

I was there to witness and be a part of the 70th Anniversary Ceremony of the Battle of Midway, the pivotal battle in the Pacific of World War II, June of 2012. I was privileged to have been a part of that special day. I was able to meet and chat with two amazing men who were survivors of the battle. I feel that it is the responsibility for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to give the historical aspect of the island, which is, as veterans our legacy, equal respect to their other responsibilities at Midway.

Please leave a comment below if you were ever stationed or worked at Midway. :)

Thanks to you all my Midway Island brethren.

Gary

 

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Comments
Peggy Frye
- 2012-06-12 at 11:22

It was great meeting you on Midway.
John
- 2012-07-15 at 00:30

I visited Midway in 1960. Are the Gooney Birds still there?
cynthia
- 2012-07-15 at 11:40

Worked fo Pam Am Airways and this was a stop into the Pacific.
Dan Mcdonald
- 2012-08-07 at 04:20

My father was master at arms when i lived there in 1954-55. does antbody remember him or my family?
Ruud, The Netherlands
- 2012-08-07 at 05:13

Just learned about the existence of Midway and am gripped by the whole story. Any tips were I can read more on Midway? Thanks in advance! Oh, and of course, keep posting!
Annie
- 2012-08-09 at 18:53

My father was stationed in Midway from 1969 to 1973. Our stay in Midway was the best part of my childhood. I miss those days. The island is so beautiful and serene with clear blue water and white sand beach. It was awesome.
Cecilia
- 2012-08-10 at 00:32

Wonderful childhood memories to cherish living in the Island. We had a great time. What does it look like now?
Michael Jahnke
- 2012-08-15 at 11:04

Was on the island in 1964 - 1965 as ET in US Navy working in the Comm Center. Have very fond memories and gr8 friends.
Holly
- 2012-08-18 at 04:05

My family was stationed there from 1975 to 1977. Best two years of my teenage life. Would love to go back just to see the birds and beaches.
BOB LOKTING em/2c
- 2012-08-29 at 02:40

I was staioned as a Navy electrician on Midway Atol for about 1 1/2 years in 1944-1945.
Really great memories and understand that about 60% of the sumarines operating in the Pacific Theater were based on Midway??
Rick Burwell
- 2012-09-06 at 03:08

I lived there for 3 years while I was a kid. My father Banny Burwell worked in the post office in the Navy. I dream of going back there some day.
Larry Pilkinton
- 2012-09-12 at 01:20

I was on Midway in 1964-1965, departing when the AEW Squadron was decommissioned. Despite the separation from the rest of the world, my time there was amazing. It is sad so much bad has occurred there for whatever reasons, so I hope it and the wildlife can be saved for future generations to enjoy.
Rich Kelley
- 2012-10-28 at 00:54

We were on Midway 1976-78. Two of our sons were with us, ages 2 and 5. Beautiful tropical paradise. Ideal weather. No traffic. White sand beach. Lovely.
Deana Richardson-Rogowski
- 2012-11-05 at 20:08

I lived on Midway Island my father was an Air Traffic Controller...mom had the little hotdog stand on the beach...I remember the theatre where we paid 25 cents to watch Mission Impossible and Star Trek!
Katherine (Kenerson) Hibbard
- 2012-11-13 at 08:10

I was born on Midway Island 5/16/1961
Sondra Lockett
- 2012-11-20 at 04:59

I was stationed there from 1979 to 1980, met some great people there I worked at the CMO. Doucette and Gracie were in charge while I was there. Anyone remember them?
Michael Earnest
- 2012-11-28 at 22:29

I visited Midway several times between 1986 and 1988 aboard USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22). Back in those days, Midway was an important logistics stop for us as we monitored the Soviet Navy while they test their ballistic missiles from Kamtchatka into the North Pacific. It was a mistake to hand this island over to the wildlife folks. I believe this island will be needed again against the Chinese soon.
Katie reader
- 2012-12-03 at 10:10

My dad, master chief Phil reader, brought us to Midway in the early 70's? What a wonderful place to be a child! I will go back someday.
Jim F.
- 2012-12-12 at 06:27

While teaching for the DoD in Okinawa we took a MAC flight to Hawaii for Christmas break. We stopped in Midway to refuel and enjoyed seeing the Gooney birds nesting and protecting their eggs. I remember if you got too close to the nest they would snap their beaks at you. Unfortunately we did not get to explore or dive the island.
Brian F
- 2012-12-18 at 14:48

My dads best friend was a civilian working there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Al Husen died in Japanese prison camp.
ED Barchus
- 2012-12-20 at 09:29

on the island with family from 1-67 to 6-70 Cpo in charge of chiefs club former butcher @ com.store
charles bondy
- 2013-01-03 at 05:35

I just heard about the discovery of a plane in the lagoon by NOAA, and they expressed their surprise? Without being too disrespectful, I believe it was found in a part of the lagoon where the eco-nazi's infesting Midway prevented all visitors (fishermen, snorklers, divers, swimmers and historians) from any use of those waters. guess they thought our real intent was to carve up a haphazard monk seal for dinner. Its too bad that the 100% preservationists on that island have no respect for all the conservationists that have visited that island in the past.
Ron P
- 2013-01-16 at 09:22

Navy- Eastern island 1962/63 for a year...anyone else? Loved to circle the island after a storm to find glass fish net floats
DONALD E. SMITH
- 2013-01-22 at 11:22

WAS ON MIDWAY SEPT 59 TO SEPT 61
donald e smith
- 2013-01-22 at 11:29

was on midway sept 60 to sept 61
LindaC
- 2013-01-28 at 05:34

Was sent to Midway from Barbers Pt in 1982 as a security detail while it was being shut down/transfered to civilian use. Got the glass fish net float to prove it:) My dad had been there during WWII so we compared stories. The seaplan ramp was the only thing he remembered. It was being built/rebuilt when he saw it last. The wildlife was amazing to see. The base buildings being left to decay or burn was sad though. Everything changes with time I guess.
Linda
- 2013-02-10 at 08:31

Live there 1954-1955 father was station there remember the goodies birds Boston birds, hide and seek on the little hill etc.
David Shockley
- 2013-02-16 at 09:49

Spent 7 days on Midway, Summer 2000. Great
TERRY P. WILKINSON
- 2013-02-19 at 08:28

I was on midway Island from Jan 1970 to August 10, 1970. Most beautiful place in the world. I have a 25 inch fishball hanging in front of my house.
Bob Novak
- 2013-03-04 at 07:18

Was on the island two different times, once from 71-72 and again from 73>76. Best time of life in the island . remember doing the big parade there for the fourth of July in 1976
RM2 Mike Stewart
- 2013-03-06 at 02:00

Many fond memories of Midway from my tour jan 77 to Jul 78. I was HF Transmitter Site supervisor for 6 months of that time. I worked night shift - my duties: Change frequencies on two HF transmitters and two beacon transmitters @ around 11 p.m. and then again before I left for breakfast in the morning. Aside of that, I normally slept through the night and typically would go diving or fishing the follow day. Where can you do THAT and get PAID for it!!!
RM2 Tom Shaw
- 2013-03-23 at 02:02

I was stationed at NAFAC MIDWAY from Nov. 1976 until Dec. 1977. Loved the Island It was beautiful and the waters were so clear.
Dave Wamsley AFRTS
- 2013-03-25 at 06:28

Was on Midway 1975-77 as TV Director with the NBS Det. One of the greatest places on this planet.
Stacy (Wilber) Lata
- 2013-04-07 at 07:01

Thanks for the picture of the fairy tern. Lived on Midway as a very young child from 1966-69. Don't remember much, but the fairy tern is a special memory.
Eva Lemos
- 2013-04-09 at 02:39

What about plastic pollution which kill hundred of birds each year in Midway? Do you have any comment about it?
Scotty Morris Alabama
- 2013-04-15 at 06:24

I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments I wish I could visit one day
Terry Starr
- 2013-04-15 at 09:48

Midway was my first duty station in the Navy. I was there from April of 1970 to April of 1971 in the fire department. What a great place. I didn't know how good I had it until I was gone. Would love to go back!
Charlie Baillargeon
- 2013-04-20 at 03:11

First duty station after a school in 1964, almost 2 years and wish I could go back. Lived and worked on Eastern Is.
Warren Womack
- 2013-05-05 at 06:22

I called Midway my home: 1975-1977 (OMD). Meet my future wife there: Danita Watercott (NEX). We are still together after 38 wonderful years!!!
Duanne Buono
- 2013-05-18 at 11:14

My father was Commanding Officer of the Air Force detachment at Midway from 1965 to 1966. I have so many wonderful memories of the island. I think we all had gooney birds in our yards. Wish everyone could have the experience we all did as kids. Go George Cannon High School.
Thomas Richard Babbitt
- 2013-05-30 at 02:56

Midway Is was my first TAD duty station between 75 --76, Crash and Smash (fire dept)Dodged a lot of goonies in the yellow fire truck on the way to chow and knocked off my bike ( more then once )going home from the EM club.Levy Brief and I lit off the fireworks that year.Got Naui certified there and still going strong, Finished my navy career on the USS Ranger CV 61as a yellow shirt,great memories.
Kenny Jaeger
- 2013-06-07 at 11:38

My great friend, Kim Kelly and I went from Great Lakes boot camp to Midway Island in 1969.
President Nixon came for peace talks and the island was transformed from a quiet little Island into a news story.
That claim to fame lasted only a matter of hours and off President Nixon went to do whatever he did in 1969.
I have a lot of Midway Island stories both real and fiction (which oddly enough the real stories are more un-real than the partially made up 'sea-stories' and that's no chit! LOL
Roberta Kline
- 2013-06-20 at 08:35

We lived there from 69-72, I was a "Navy brat", my father was in the navy for 22 yrs. Like others it was my favorite part of my childhood but with all due respect to the Navy, the birds really owned it all along...
Gary Sutton
- 2013-07-05 at 01:26

Enjoyed my time on Midway attached to AEWBARONPAC from 1960-61.
Ensign Steve Holloway
- 2013-07-28 at 06:47

I was stationed at the NAVFAC on Midway in 73-74. Wonderful memories of the island, lagoon and people.
Mickey Rij
- 2013-08-24 at 20:16

Glade to see this page. My family spent three tours on Midway. My dad was a seaplane, helicopter pilot, and safety officer. He is Michael A. Rij Lcdr(ret). My stepfather was Capt. Robert C. Cook DDS. He carved the giant gooney bird. It was by far the greatest place I ever lived. I still miss it to this day.
elaine
- 2013-09-17 at 21:57

hope they can do more there some day
BILL CASHMAN
- 2013-09-30 at 06:47

GREAT ISLAND,REMEMBER GOONIES WALKING IT TO BASE THEATER ,NO ONE MINDED JUSY PAR OF THE ISLAND.
Ron Seiler
- 2013-10-11 at 04:17

I worked in the supply dept 68-69 and was there when nixon visited with the vietnamese president. I thoroughly enjoyed being there and would like to return some day.
John Holcomb
- 2013-10-14 at 21:56

I was an Air Traffic Controller on Midway from March '70 to October '71. Really a beautiful island and a special place to be stationed. Remember standing in line at the commissary waiting for new record albums. Music was a big deal. Really miss the guys I worked with there. Great duty station!
Tracy short
- 2013-10-21 at 06:47

I loves there in 74. I was 4 years young. My dad was an air traffic controller. I remember the honor birds and riding bicycles. My dad can hardly eat spaghetti to this day. I think food was flown in once a week. I would to go visit the island again one day. :)
A. Ettleman Oahu
- 2013-10-22 at 08:16

My dad Ralph was a Seabee stationed on Midway in 69'-71' and 74'-77' . I remember it well. Aloha
henry janicki
- 2013-11-17 at 16:11

I was there in 58-59 in the boat pool running PRB'S and AVR's best time of my life
Denton Anderson
- 2013-11-21 at 07:23

I was stationed there from Oct 59 to Feb 61. I was on Eastern Island and was an electronics technician at the receiver site. I sure enjoyed it, and have many photos and 8mm movies I took there.
Steve Johnson
- 2013-11-21 at 15:37

I participated in a NOAA Teacher At Sea program and got to experience Midway Atoll for several days in addition to experiencing many of the NW Hawaiian Islands. The ship was the Townsend Cromwell. That opportunity was unique and will likely never be available to anyone in the future. Walking on the uninhabited islands is a fantasy experience. I was left totally alone on Pearl Hermes for several hours. WOW--What thoughts go through one's mind when one is alone on an island.
Steve Johnson
- 2013-11-21 at 16:00

Spending time on Midway as a Teacher At Sea participant was unique. Walking among the gooney birds, the bullet holes in the grounds of old military installations, the house where Nixon met the Vietnamese leader, and in general experiencing the total ambience of such a historically significant place will be always in my mind.
JOHN SLUDER ABCS USN (RET)
- 2013-12-28 at 17:27

AEWBARRONPAC 60-61 ENJOYED SNORKLING AT THE REEF. GREAT TIME.
RAY REESE SN, SPECIAL SERVICES
- 2014-01-01 at 01:10

I WAS ON MIDWAY 1963 TO 1964. HAD MANY FRIENDS. WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO SERVE.
Merle C Williams
- 2014-01-12 at 07:32

I first got on the island in Feb 1952 while re fueling a minesweeper,had a few beers and headed for Korea.After my hitch I got out for a year and reenlisted and my first new station was Midway from Apr 56 to Apr 57. I was Ch. Engineer of a crash boat and lived in a little shack on Rocky Point near the boat house with 4 other guys. The ruins of Gooneyville Lodge were still there but it was being stripped of the mahogany wall panels. While I was there a YWN ferro cement barge was being towed in with fresh water but it was grounded at the channel entrance and blasted to keep it from fouling the channel after they failed to get her free. The boys in the shipfitter shop had an old dog, "Old Stud", who was the pet of everyone on the island. His tags indicated he'd been a mascot on a destroyer sunk in the Battle of Midway, and had somehow mad it to the island where they found him washed up on the beach half dead. He must have been at least 16 years old. I stopped to refuel another minesweeper in 61 and he had died and they had made him a marked grave right by the shop front door where he used to hang out waiting for snacks we'd give him as we came from the mess hall. Last night I pulled the island up on Google Earth and found I can get a street view now. I got tears in my eyes when I saw how that beautiful island has been let go by the Wildlife Service. It looks like a small town's city dump, with pieces of building siding scattered all over the island along with other trash.
Larry Reynolds
- 2014-01-14 at 23:36

I was stationed on Midway 60-61 and was a SAR crewman who lived in the hanger at the time. One of the best places I was ever stationed.
Kathy
- 2014-01-18 at 17:02

I stopped on Midway on my way to Okinawa to join my husband who was in the Air Force. Still remember it after all these years.
fred
- 2014-01-23 at 23:28

I was with AEW for 13 months 61/62. It brings a tear to my heart to see there is virtually left of the buildings I remember. What a crying shame....p;lus, the trees were cleared and much of the beauty gone forever. PNs Nabhan....My commander was Mr. Pulgar..
Carl Jarman
- 2014-02-02 at 07:47

I was assigned to 607 MASS, from fall of 66 to fall of 67, on Midway with USAF. Of all my overseas assignments, enjoyed Midway the most. Would like to return for a visit someday.
John BAGGETT
- 2014-02-02 at 17:09

My father Ronnie Baggett was stationed on Midway 67-69 as a CT. I remember he had to take a boat to work on Eastern Island. My brother and I went to school at George Cannon. I remember renting small motor boats and following sharks. I hope to visit again.
Gary Moulder
- 2014-02-10 at 22:50

I served on Midway Island between 1975 to 1977 and was stationed at the NAVFAC. I really enjoyed the island and my time there. Best duty I had in the Navy. Lot of great memories and friends that I left behind there. And what did the Naval Facility really do? Well, we made fish balls, of course! (And you thought they came from Japanese fishing nets?)
P. k.
- 2014-02-13 at 02:41

Went back to visit in 98 I believe and they were poisoning the Iron Woods because they were not indigenous to the island even though they had been there over 50 years
Mike Hunter
- 2014-03-13 at 21:22

I was stationed at Midway Island ,May 64 to May65....worked in post office had great time..
Jim Larson
- 2014-03-19 at 19:40

I was on Midway from 1958 to 1959.Worked at public works in transportation. I worked for Chief Burnette. The best boss I ever worked for. Wish I could meet him again.
Anthony
- 2014-03-20 at 20:18

I was stationed on Midway from Jan 1955 to May1956
Was in public works and assigned
to the telephone exchange
We would sleep in the exchange
and stay there because the watch was a sleeping watch
the exchange was rue by a civilan named
Mr Hill who lived on the island with hi wife
Capt Epps was the CO
still have a couple of glass balls from the island
mail was twice a week
all in all it was good duty
and I also got my crow on Midway
CE 3
great site
Tom Deloge
- 2014-03-22 at 23:43

Stationed on the Island from April; 67 thru May 68 with the Air Force. Remember the Christmas Show that Bob Hope Put on. Only got to see part of as I had to work on his C-141. It was a good duty station
Jeff Lenton
- 2014-04-07 at 02:56

TAD to midway many times. VW14 AEWBARRONPAC
Fred Nabhan
- 2014-04-29 at 00:06

I have posted here in the past but I do want to share more great memories...
I was on Midway 61/62. Outside of working as a PN3 for AEW, I had a second job working at the officer's club as a waiter and cashier. Great people and great food.mI also played on a softball team for AEW. I didn't see the field in pics...I hope it was bulldozed...
Again, I am heartbroken to see all the destruction and the killing of goonies and other birds on the island. There has got to be something done to show the people up stairs in Washington the awful desecration going on at Midway.
I do hope to go visit what's left of the island someday. If I don't...it will always be in my memories.....
Rod Ziegenhagen
- 2014-05-07 at 18:20

I read a post from 18Jan2014 from Kathy who stated "I was stationed on Midway 60-61 and was a SAR crewman who lived in the hanger. I was also in SAR in 60-61. There was no Kathy there so if I could get the name of the person stationed there I would appreciate it.
Tami wall
- 2014-05-19 at 19:55

I would love more pix of the birds there i was a young child there. I remember the gooney birds bird bombers and thered beeked squaking ones. Would love to find some to display in my home. I also have a twin I met there in 1970. Such great memories.
Ginny (Jackson) Wells
- 2014-05-25 at 22:38

I lived on Midway 1948-1950. My Dad was Cdr.Jackson...he was the Harbor Officer, Dry Dock Ofc. and Repair Officer. As a 17 year old girl it was a wonderful place to live. I was there in 2007 and 2012 to commemorate the Battle of Midway.
It sorrows me to see how much the Island has suffered under the Fish and Wildlife people. Many "Thanks" to the Dept. of the Interior!
Cteasy
- 2014-05-28 at 22:30

Was there 62-63....Eastern Is.receiver
Site, Rm3..Monitored nuke blast over
Johnson Atoll....WOW did they ever
Light up the eastern sky that night..
D Smith don't remember U.... CT???
Easy Out....
Tom Zimmer
- 2014-05-31 at 03:22

Was there 69 to 70. Was a C T. Lived on eastern, worked on eastern. Was there when the site was shut down. From there went to a Cypress. I have three to four hundred slides of both islands. Time there was great.
Larry Pienkowski
- 2014-06-22 at 23:29

Midway Island was my first duty station out of boot camp. From June '68 to July '69. Worked in the crash crew. We were the first U.S. Territory that the released Pueblo Crew members set foot on in Dec. 24, 1968. Will always remember that night. And yes was there for the Nixon Peace talks in '69. So many memories...
Sam Clark
- 2014-06-26 at 05:39

I was stationed on Midway from Nov. '66 to Oct. '67. I was assigned to the Supply Dept. and was responsible for Air Cargo. I enjoyed living on the island and I'm disappointed that the island is running down. How does one visit the island today?
Dennis Davis
- 2014-07-07 at 04:16

On Midway 1964/1965 I was an engine mechanic on the connies of aew. Saw chief berling hit in the back by a gooney bird while riding his bike. he went in a ditch & broke his collar bone. Good times on Midway.
Ron Rodgers
- 2014-07-12 at 17:31

I was stationed there 1957-58 and helped to establish AERBARSRON Det, It looked like WW two had just ended when I arrived, with shrapnel holes in the beams of the old hangar, cement bunkers and hulks of aircraft in the water. The new hangar, barracks, exchange and dependent housing were built while I was there. I used to walk around the Island and pick up glass fish ball floats that had washed up from Japan fish nets and watch the young gooney birds crash when they tried to land. A friend from high school (Bob Phipps, CBs) refurbished the water tower while I was there. We slept in the old hangar and wooden barracks and did laundry on a wooden trough with a brush. Even though it was remote I enjoyed the time I spent there and would like to return, but I wish it could be like it was when I was there. I made 2nd class PR while there. Set up the PR shop, the technical library and drove the 5000 gallon fuel truck and worked with all the other shops just to keep busy.
Dick Sowa
- 2014-07-12 at 21:15

I was stationed there 67-68 at the NavCommUnit, NQM. I also ran the ham station upstairs in the hanger from time to time, KM6BI. I really enjoyed my year there. The Gooney birds were a riot to watch landing. The chow was great, and the folks on the island were a great bunch to work with. We even got to see Bob Hope when his group stopped over on their return from Vietnam. As much as I would love to go back and visit, the pictures I have seen from Google Maps street view makes me think that it's really deteriorated in the years. A lot of the buildings look like they are falling apart and the roads are becoming overgrown.
FRANK HICKE
- 2014-07-13 at 20:12

US NAVY FROM OCT. '67-OCT.'68
HARBOR TUGS
BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE! LOVED THE GOONEY BIRDS AND FISHING FOR WAHOO STILL HAVE THE FISH BALLS. REMEMBER BOB HOPE STOPPED FROM VIETNAM ON HIS WAS TO THE US. LOOKING FOR STEVE SABO!
Sandy Whitley
- 2014-07-14 at 06:41

My dad was in the 607 MASS. Our family lived on Midway from about July of 68 to Aug 69. We were also there for the "secret" talks between Nixon and the South Vietnamese president. My mom got to shake hands with the president! I remember when the Bob Hope USO tour group stopped on the island. Ann-Margret, Rosie Greer, Bob Hope. What a great time that was. I was in 8th grade and my sister, Anne was in 11th, and sister, Perri was in 3rd. Sister, Lynn was only 4 yrs old. My dad was Harold Whitley (deceased 2002) and and mom, Estelle. I remember there were only 11 graduates of George Cannon school that year. Mr. Kessler was one of our teachers. He drove me crazy. I'll never forget when the man who lived behind us went fishing with some other guys and they brought home a bunch of sea turtles. They grilled the meat with teriyaki sauce. It was pretty tasty. Mostly I remember the beautiful beaches and crystal, clear water. What a beautiful place. My mom still has some very large glass fishing net balls. It is a shame what the Fish and Wildlife Service has done. Maybe something will done in time to open it up again to limited tourism. I would go back in a heartbeat!! Such good times. Wish I had been old enough to appreciate the historical and environmental significance of the place.
John A. Page
- 2014-08-03 at 00:03

Was on Midway with the Air Force Detachment from 1966 to 1967. Good duty, lived on the beach and found my share of fish balls, still have them. Great memories.
Fred Kuhfeldt
- 2014-08-03 at 00:28

I was on Midway in 1959-1960,
was aboard one of the two tugs
on the island and loved every minute for the 14 mo. I was stationed there. email me at
cycle_spa@yahoo.com
Woody Gautreau
- 2014-08-11 at 04:11

I was stationed on Midway Island from February 1964 to February 1965 working with the Crash Fire And Rescue and I have gr8 memories. I am from Louisiana so my Midway name was "Gator Gotro" (Gautreau) as there was already a Woody there in the Fire Station
Jerry Morgan
- 2014-09-02 at 20:53

I was attached to the Navy Exchange in the Barber Shop, then the laundry from Oct. 1976 till Jan. 1978. I was a Ships Serviceman. Anyone got a haircut there during that time, I probably cut your hair a time or two.
Patty K
- 2014-09-04 at 03:10

I wish you all would leave your email addresses so we can contact each other. 64-67 ewabeach2@gmail.com
Gary L. Aldridge
- 2014-09-10 at 16:21

I was stationed on Midway from Jan 64 to Jan 65. Worked as an aircraft electrician at AEWBARRONPAC. Many fond memories of the blue water and white sand beaches. Played a lot of softball and made it to Honolulu for R & R several times.
Harold & Evelyn Lawson
- 2014-09-20 at 04:47

We were stationed there 72-74. Our house was a party house. We once had a 4 house party from Fri night to Sun morn. At howallon the single guys drunk or treat. We had people dancing and having fun at our house. Some of you may remember.
Dan L. Johnson
- 2014-10-07 at 04:49

I was Stationed on USNS Midway Island from December 1969 to December 1970. For 6 Months I was the Yeoman for the Motor Pool Working with the Seabees.....Great Group of People to Work with....... Lt. Burns was My Division Officer. The Next 6 Months I had to Do the Galley Duty then 1971 to the Uss Coral Sea CVA-43. But On the Island it was Great.....Beaches.....Gooney Birds....Finding the Japanese Fish Balls washing on the Shores.....just walking all around the Island was Great. Would Love to Go Back there and Visit. It is the Midway Atoll Now and that is a Neat Website to Get On.....If anyone that was On Midway in 1970 in the Divisions I worked in, E-mail Me: danpv68tombstone@hotmail.com Until this Site is Complete I Sure Would Like to Connect with Anyone I knew.....Hope to Hear from You.
art robertson
- 2014-11-24 at 01:54

I lived on Midway for 3 years in the late 80's. Best time of my life. Worked at the NAFAC. Was pres of the dive club Koral King. We dove thousands of hours and never found a plane inside the reef. Anybody know where it was found. I do know a zero was outside the reef.
Pat K
- 2014-12-06 at 05:26

I wish you all would leave your email addresses so we can contact each other about Midway. 65-67 ewabeach2@gmail.com
Jon Tooley
- 2014-12-16 at 01:17

Served on Midway from Jun to Dec of 1967 w/USAF's 1957 Communications Group in the MAC Command Post Com Center. Real sad to see what the Fed Dept of Wildlife has done to the island and its assets. But we should know by now everything the Fed touch's leads to destruction. Very fond memories of the island and the men I served with.
zosimo(zman)ybay
- 2014-12-27 at 00:26

was at midway,1992-1996,deckhand and tug engineer(electrician)uss hyaniss ytb-817,doing some medvac,humavac,best of all snorkeling,scuba diving and fishing,it was the last days of the us navy on the islands,the best place to work and rnr,dont know where ytb 817 is now.
Jason Lin
- 2015-01-06 at 00:21

I visited Midway in June ,1971, when I was the Taiwan Navy midshipman, our crusing traing ships stopped by Midway one day for refueling, I was deeply impressed of its fascinating birds and surrounding waters. US Army with their dependents on Midway were very nice and friendly, I always remember them and love Midway forever.
Annie, you stayed there in 1971, I think!
Bill Baldermann
- 2015-01-08 at 04:27

I was an AC on MDW in 72-73. My last duty station. 10 months and 10days.
I remember renting a Boston Whaler and seeing a giant Manta pass under the boat. It had to have been 40 feet wide..we didn't snorkel that day:)...I remember that the Tiger sharks would show up in the lagoons right about the time that Juvenile goonies would start to fly and land in the lagoon.... How quiet it was when the goonies left in the fall
I miss my old buddies, I never knew how good it was till I left
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Tom Deloge
- 2015-01-10 at 03:55

Was on the Island from March 1967 to April 1968.was in the 607th M.A.S.S. USAF. Aircraft Instrument repairman. Great memories from the great beach to the Bob Hope show. Does anyone have the yearbook from 1968-1969. I have the previous one. My E-mail is Fstbasepop@hotmail.com.
John Davis
- 2015-01-14 at 03:49

I was on midway 64 &65 AEW AD worked swing shift loved the place
Bill Hallman
- 2015-01-23 at 18:53

I was on Midway, sand Island 4-63 to 4-64 in the AEWBARRONPAC support equipment unit. I was a member of the KORAL KINGS diving club and took many underwater movies and photos of the best dive areas in the lagoon and Wells Harbor area where I found an unexploded bomb that I photographed. The fishing was what anglers dream of and I have been hooked ever since. I would love to hear from some of the koral King club members. My time on Midway will always be a very fond memory. EMAIL capt1137@aol.com
Jay Wiskowski
- 2015-01-26 at 02:38

Navfac 1969_70. Also made fish balls. Loved
my time there. Unforgettable place.


Pat Díncognito
- 2015-02-22 at 15:28

1970-71 Harbor boat pool and pier 6 coxin on mc boats sand to eastern island. God I miss those days. I hope Gary Tousseau sees this
jim Gonzalez
- 2015-03-13 at 21:23

I went in 68 and 69 as an Air Force Brat, 12 and 13 years. The place was magical. We soon became members of the Coral Kings diving club and spent many days diving the reef for lobster and fishing the piers and breakwaters. I have lioved all over the world and still consider Midway by far the best place I ever went
Linda Fox
- 2015-04-06 at 18:54

I lived on Midway for a year and a half in 1963 - 1964 as a Navy brat and went to George Cannon School for 6th and 7th grades. I remember the beaches, playing softball, the movie theatre, no TV, and getting around on my "horse." Had some great friends there.
Gary n. Deck
- 2015-04-24 at 02:37

Was Stationed at Habor Boat Pool 1970-1971LCM89 -LCM 9O,have my Fishballs yet,PAT hope you can see this,GOOD TIMES and hard work,its truly ashame what FISH AND WILDLIFE did to our ISLAND SHAME ON THEM,i ran BOATS from midway to eastern ISLAND , miss that place ,GOOD SAILORS lived there,PAT E-MAIL ME deckgary@gmail.com GODS SPEED
Paul DeWalt
- 2015-04-28 at 01:27

I was stationed on Midway in early 1958 for 9 months, attached to AIRBARSRON 2 det. Worked as a Yeoman under Cdr. Rod Smith All of the memories listed, I also had. Wish I could remember the names of my mates. Beautiful island. p.dewalt@outlook.com
Bella L.
- 2015-04-29 at 02:19

I live in the big city and was adventuring google maps when I found this place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I am only 12 years old and dream to visit there someday. I want to help clean the waste that is washed up on the shore.
John Braunz
- 2015-05-04 at 20:34

I was on Midway in AEW from March of 58 to December of 58 and sent back a fee times tad for 2 months once and 1 month another. made adr3 when there. would like to see some of the guys from that time.
Terry B.
- 2015-05-08 at 19:39

I was born on Midway Island, November 1959. went there two other times while my dad was in the navy. have great memories and adventures there.
peter phinney
- 2015-08-21 at 01:34

i was at midway for refueling and survey damage done to our ships due to heavy seas on a run from adak . was wepons / ships diver royal canadian navy . was the first time i had ever smelt land. am now 76 and midway was something that has left i will always remember .i was born in the canadian north and left at 17 . the smartest thing i did was to join the navy. the dumbest was to leave. i would like to thank all of the men & women who have left their comments and cofirmed my fellings when we first went ashore.
bob r
- 2015-08-23 at 22:19

i was the one that left midway after braking my elbow off, riding my horse in 61. it was one of best duty stations i ever had in my 20 years. whoever got the spent cartridge while packing my bags, i hope he enjoyed it. i found it in the wood by the chiefs club, left over from the battle of midway. thanks for all the pictures, you even got a picture of the A/C # 2, on landing, spent lot time keep it ready to fly.
Bob Johnson
- 2015-08-24 at 04:02

Spent 1968 on the island as an Air Traffic Controller in the tower. Many good memories.
Bob Eklund
- 2015-08-25 at 18:35

Hi Gang! I spent 1969 on Midway working as an Air Traffic Controller in the tower and Ops building (for Chief Pickard). Our hours were regulated by FAA Rules, so I had lots of free time - I worked at the boathouse renting Boston Whalers, ran the kitchen at the Acey-Deucey Club, and worked on the radio station KMDY for AFRTS (Lt. Moody). I remember President Nixon's meeting with President Nguyen Van Thieu, of South Vietnam, as well as the SR-71 spy plane that was forced to land at Midway to effect repairs - their flight plan to Travis AFB in California was 43 minutes (Mach 1). I also remember they started the SR-71's turbines with a Buick V-8 engine mounted on a wheeled cart. I also remember spearfishing for langouste (spiny lobster), storing them in the freezer at the Acey-Deucey Club, then having a big cookout at the base of the Air Traffic Control Tower for the ATC Team. Great memories of the island, log flights to Honolulu, and shipmates Ernie Fater; John Fortney, Jack Smith, Obie Oberwetter, Sim Burl Pickard, Dave Kelpinski, and many others whose names I can't recall. If you were stationed with me, please drop me a line at: bob@eklundassociates.com
Tennie Terrill Smotherman
- 2015-09-24 at 22:38

I lived on Midway Island in 1970. My father, Chief Carmon Jackson Terrill (Jack) was an air traffic controller for approx. 18 months. I loved Midway as a kid and going to George Canon school (4th and 5th grade). My favorite hobby was looking for "fish balls" with my dad. I enjoyed riding my bike and playing softball on the island. The Gooney Birds were amazing. I hope to be able to visit Midway again.
jim edwards
- 2015-09-25 at 01:05

served as scope-dope (atw3) on connies '62-'65. Two wks at Barber's/two on Midway; life was good. Still have my fish ball,but not my '57 Chevy convt. from Barbers.VP-4 after Barrier folded, then 22, 8, 24, Ranger, Peterson, JFK...GO NAVY!
Gary Jardine
- 2015-09-26 at 02:22

I was on Midway from April '64 to June '65. Worked in the weather office in the main hangar and sent up weather balloons twice a day, every other day. Great chow - mid rats the best! Always wondered what that concrete building was we had to avoid near the beach. As others have said, I didn't appreciate it until after I left. Would have loved to see it before it deteriorated. Any other AGs out there?
Bill Baldermann
- 2015-09-27 at 16:39

Does anyone know what the fenced in concrete building was for?
mark rentschler
- 2015-09-28 at 10:14

was born there in dec. 64 my dad was nav on the super connies. his name was john . mom was joy and older brothers speedy and dennis. markrentschler@yahoo.com
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Thomas Williamson
- 2015-11-09 at 23:50

I was stationed on Midway in 1963 and worked in the plumbing shop doing plumbing repairs all over the Island what a beautiful place white sand and clear blue water.I was their when JFK was killed and we did get to see news reels at the down town movie theater about two days after his death. I still have good memories of my fellow Seabees, May god bless all that have served their service time on the place some called the ROCK
E Morse USAF Retired
- 2015-12-07 at 00:29

I deployed to Midway four times during the late 1980 in support of operation Pony Express. Its a a magical place where one can be at peace with the ocean.
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- 2016-01-27 at 08:07

Midway island is my most favorite place on the planet and USFWS has ruined everything thing that Midway Island meant to a lot of people all for their own self gratification. USFWS is very single minded they view places such as midway for what they feel in their own minds eye that it should be. Their minds work opposite of how preservation truly is and by sharing this magnificent chance to really enjoy what people as A whole can be A part of to help preserve the wildlife on Midway Atoll they dont instead they want to make it as secluded as possible so only they have access to such A wonderful place. I was told this personally while speaking to one of them while I was privileged to take part of the remediations on the island in the 1990's. While I was their I was one with nature.I played with Lasand Albatross/ Goonie Birds, The widest wing span on earth. I also helped tag about 25 of them that had no tags. why? Because while there I learned that some birds may not see land for up to seven years or more and I truly care and wanted to let FWS know to help them keep track of the population. Would I have cared about that had I never gone to Midway Atoll? NEVER. I become awhere of this while there and thought to myself I would keep an eye out for those with no tags so I could do my duty as A wildlife lover and contribute to their struggle for survival.While I was there A fellow co-worker was kicked off the island for falling asleep under A shady tree and while sleeping A Hawaiian Monk Seal came ashore and USFWS person found him sleeping with the seal within 100' they kicked him off they island, at that time we travelled by bikes and Ken P. was on the runway side of the island opposite side of the barracks. Im not against USFWS but I am against their thinking on how they are so anti humanity. People at USFWS are like OSAMA BIN LADEN instead of an AK-47 in hand they have our great United States Government by the BALLS and in the other hand a very fat checkbook called tax payers. If we are flipping the bill we the people should have A say on how they spend our hard earned money. For example USFWS paycheck, their food bill, their per diem while away from home, their travel exspense, the list goes on and on and on. Midway Atoll is A very magical place and should be shared by all and the people should have A say in one of the most Historical places on earth.
Jim Harris
- 2016-02-01 at 04:16

Midway Island Aug 63-Jul 64. First duty station after boot camp and A school. Worked in the fenced in concrete building mentioned earlier. It was an AUW shop (special weapons). Had a ball on Midway, loved to hear stories from people trying to guess what we did in the concrete building. Heard one story that the concrete blast wall between the shop and magazine area was a place where submarines surfaced under the island and we loaded missiles on them. Glad I found this site. Sorry I missed the opportuniy to visit when they had tours there. Great memories
Mike Brown
- 2016-04-10 at 18:25

stationed on midway(the rock) 1969/1970. Most beautiful place on earth. Played softball and ended in 2nd place after beating the captians team....Longguista were delicious. Had a spear gun and enjoyed cooking on the beach. Enjoyed the movies in the em club.Was there for nixons visit when we painted 2 sides of buildings because of lack of time. Snorkeling was great. One of our guys was attacked by a shark and made it to a coral out cropping and the next day had a spear made up at the machine shop and went hunting that? shark...Gary thomas was a good friend of mine.mikealanbrown@gmail.com
Mark Otterlei
- 2016-04-23 at 18:15

Stationed on NAVSTA Midway Island 1969/1970. Made SK3 on The Rock and worked in Main Supply. Also, served on work crews loading and unloading bi-weekly Log Flights and and drove fork lifts unloading ships. Fantastic duty station ! I will never forget my fellow shipmates and special time on this beautiful Historically Important island !
Ronnie Anderson
- 2016-04-30 at 02:17

Lived on Midway Island for 1 1/2 years I believe around 1957-1958. Like everyone else who lived there I would love to go back! Would like to have email addresses of any others who may have lived there during that time. Ronnie.anderson@crcu.org
Rick P. (aka Richard C.)
- 2016-05-25 at 12:07

STGSN at NAVFAC Midway 1968-69. I was the first arrival at the new facility ( that fenced-in cement block building out at the far end of the island) with three other sonar technicians and a petty officer. Western Bell was still installing the computer systems. There was no equipment ready for us to use and no commissioned officers there yet. Consequently, all five of us took our shirts off, the petty officer acquired a truck to drive and we all hauled packing crates and such from the facility for several weeks. All that changed of course when commissioned officers finally arrived. I saw the Bob Hope show there and still have a chose-up photo I took of Ann Margaret walking on the tarmac. I was also there when President Nixon had his Vietnam summit meeting there.
Jerry Bunton
- 2016-05-31 at 00:37

Was on Midway '57 to '58 then went to Coronado.Didn't think too much of it at the time,but now it was great
ETN3/OT2 DD Larin
- 2016-06-05 at 20:28

Stationed on Midway from '72 to '75, First with NAVCOM working on AN/FRT-39 HF Xmitters among others. Assisted rebuilding the xmitter for KMTH as well. Converted to OT and worked at NAVFAC until I left the island. Will always remember the wild life. Thousands of birds. Nesting Goonies outside my housing. Still have my NQM jacket patch and Royal Order of the Albatross Document. Fond memories of NQM Midway Island. Sad to hear about the degradation of the facility. Structures on Eastern were slowly "going away" while I was there as well.
Robert D.Reynolds U.S.Navy
- 2016-06-23 at 00:43

I was stationed there as a fire fighter in 1946,It was then USNOB 1504. I have been searching to no avail for a photo of the Fire Station that was just across the tarmac from the Sea Plane hanger,one of the few buildings that I recognize. Can any one help this old swabbie?
Robert D. Reynolds
- 2016-06-23 at 21:50

To amend my blog above, The fire station was a two story building with crew quarters on second floor.There were seperate quarters for our Fire Chief, a warrant officer McDaniels.There were stairs leading up from a four bay garage area for our trucks.We had a Brass pole in the center of our quarters. There were single beds and a chest of drawers and writing table for each man. There was an office downstairs where we were assigned shifts of manning the phone.Also there were stairs on the outside of the building.A recreation area and coffee break area was on the second floor.We had a commercial fire pumper,a cab over Ford.also had two military type John Bean crash trucks.In the end of the garage area sat a Seagrave 12 cylinder engine Pumper .( It being disabled due to no one knowing how to install points in the Dual Ignition system. Another item that I remember was a like new Sawmill that had been left by the Sea Bees.I was assigned to a crash crew and later worked in a Fire dept. Maint. shop refilling and replacing fire extinguishers where needed.One a week two of us would make a trip to Eastern Island and crank and drive a crash truck that was in a station there.We would also check the condition of fire extinguishers there.We made the trip with others in a 36 foot Higgins boat some times thru very choppy seas.
David Thurston
- 2016-09-03 at 16:57

I would love to return to Midway. I was stationed there on the fuel farm from Jan. 1971 to Dec. 1971. I was 18 turned 19 on the Island. At that time being on a 2mi lsland with no women was brutal. So I thought. The island was so beautiful. As all the fuel farm guys would count there days left on Midway like it was a prison sentence, we also said, "But we will look back on this as the best time of our lives." For me, that turned out to be true. I often reflect on my incredible experiences on Midway. I was just getting started in life and experienced a rare lifelong event. My memories are refueling aircraft, especially C130 gunships, looking for fishballs, snorkeling, eating fresh tune steaks grilled on the beach, constant drinking parties with lots of food, and most of all on Fridays nights going to the restaurant by the exchange and eating a steak dinner and drinking cold duck with the crew from the fuel farm. Going to the em club and of course being humored and amazed by the thousands of gooney birds and their babies. I would love to go back for a visit before I get too old to enjoy the Island. But as I have discovered what I might see would be very disappointing, but I certainly could relive some wonderful memories. If anyone I was stationed with reads this email me at xlntone30@hotmail.com would love to her from you.

Don DeLap
- 2016-09-25 at 00:31

I was stationed on Midway from May 1970 to May 1971 as an air traffic controller. I had just made AC2 before I left NAS Key West, FL, (Boca Chica) where we worked 24 on 24 off and were semi isolated and was not thrilled about the prospects of living on an island 2 by 2 which was mostly runways and gooney birds. I worked for the Navy Exchange filling vending machines when I was not on duty. I had a fellow controller, Carlie Roth, who lived in housing where I ate a lot of meals with him, Barbet his wife and Father Al. I did on occasion look for fish balls, walk around the island, snorkel and went deep sea fishing (caught a 30lb Yellow Fin Tuna and a 42lb Wahoo. I was single at the time and my fiancé could not come to Midway. I had the run of the island day & night since I had the keys to every vending machine on the island, so if stopped I could always say I was on the way to fix a machine, but was never stopped. I saw Star Trek for the first time at the theater on Midway, since we did not have cable or TV at Boca Chica. Star Trek hasn’t seemed the same since. I look back now and wish I had spent more time exploring the island. Midway was so beautiful and I didn’t realize what it meant to me until years later. I would love to go back, but from what I have read about Fish & Game have done to the island I think I would be heartbroken.
Neme Mendoza
- 2016-12-13 at 21:39

Shipped straight from boot camp on July 4, 1975. Worked in the Commissary. You could have seen me playing pool at the AC- Deuce.
Unforgettable times especially the white sand beach and the fishing. I was one of the lucky few who was able to drive a car delivering groceries to customers. Always was conscious about the Gooney birds while driving because they were everywhere taking off and landing.
The wildlife was incredible and lobsters were aplenty.
I was there when the first female crew arrived for a tour of duty and you know what happened next. lol.
John Keeshan
- 2016-12-18 at 20:09

Worked as an announcer on KMTH Radio . 1957-58 Any body remember
Keeshans corner ? Great times great buds 18 then 78 now. took 3 years for my sun tan to fade. Make Midway Great Again.
dennis peterson...pete
- 2017-01-07 at 15:08

was there 1-8-69 to1-4-70
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dennis peterson...pete
- 2017-02-02 at 02:45

i was there 1/69 to1/70. navcon. i got to work on the generators. do you remember chief hern. great guy. holy cow that was 48 years ago
Steve Oge
- 2017-02-04 at 22:54

I was a CT stationed on Easter Island from Jan 70 - Nov 70 when they shut NSGA down. I too PCS'ed to NavFac Nicosia Cyprus, the same as Tom Zimmer.
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Bob Lester
- 2017-02-15 at 23:56

I was there in 1961-62, Radioman 3rd Class. Worked with ATC sending info that the willy victors gathered. Would love to hear from any of the old radiomen that worked there in 61-62. Thanks.

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