USS Midway (CVB/CVA/CV-41) aircraft carrier was commissioned a week after the end of World War II. Named after the climatic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months. Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, as well as the first U.S. aircraft carrier too big to transit the Panama Canal. She operated for 47 years, during which time she saw action in the Vietnam War and served as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm.
USS Midway was the United States' second longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, from 1945 to 1992. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier, known for several naval aviation breakthroughs as well as several humanitarian missions. It was the only carrier to serve the entire length of the Cold War and beyond.
The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. USS Midway opened as a museum on 7 June 2004. By 2012 annual visitation exceeded 1 million visitors. As of 2015 Midway is the most popular naval warship museum in the United States. The museum has over 13,000 members, and hosts more than 700 events a year, including more than 400 active-duty Navy retirements, re-enlistments, and changes of command. The museum also hosts approximately 50,000 students on field trips and 5,000 children in its overnight program annually. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour, narrated by former Midway sailors to more than 60 locations, including sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, bridge, brig, post office, pilots ready rooms, officers quarters, primary flight control, and "officers country". Other features include climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, videos, flight simulators, and a narrated audio tour for youngsters.
Traveled to San Diego with my Yuma winter friends, by way of Montana, Chuck & Patti Renevier. They once lived in El Cajon CA and were both excited to see their old 'stomping grounds'. BUT, the main reason to visit the USS Midway; Chuck, who served as a Navy Corpsman in a Marine Corps unit during the Vietnam War, was stationed for a time on the Midway. He was excited to see, climb aboard, & reminisce about those times of yesteryear. He smiled all day!
Today, I feel lucky & blessed.