Under the Stars (and a Bright Moon) on San Diego Bay
San Diego 2013 has finally dipped beneath the horizon dead astern, and some 325 Midway veterans and guests have returned to their homes across the country (one all the way to Australia). Sept. 12-14, they gathered in San Diego, on perhaps the mightiest naval ship of the 20th century, for three days of celebration and a lifetime of memories. The ship, of course, is the USS Midway, now the number one floating museum attraction in the country. Back in the day, these men crewed her around the world, around the clock, and they have not slowed much, it would appear, for they enjoyed a grand banquet under a bright moon on the flight deck, listened in rapt attention to a former Midway skipper tell it like it is, presented six plankowners with WWII Victory Medals, honored a Midway P.O.W. for the long years he endured in the Hanoi Hilton, his jet felled by a S.A.M. over North Vietnam. They did all this and took care of some serious business as well, living up to their nonprofit status by raising and donating over $1,800 to the Midway Museum's education and scholarship program, a very worthy cause. Indeed, this was one reunion that lived up to its hype. There will be many pictures to follow posted on this site, as well as links to local media coverage of the reunion, for it captured the imagination of San Diego, a Navy town that knows the real deal when it sees it. Stand proud, Midway veterans!
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