Fire in The Midway Chow Hall

Fire in The Midway Chow Hall  – As I was looking through old paper files I came across this letter. It’s a letter of appreciation and a “Well done” from the Supply Officer for helping to keep everyone at Midway fed that day, especially since, as is noted in the letter, the Kornerstone Kafe was closed. Remember the Kornerstone Kafe?

I had spent my TAD in the chow hall when I arrived at Midway. To be honest I only have vague memories of the fire. It certainly wasn’t one that was catastrophic but it disrupted the routine. As the repairs were being made it was decided to do some additional remodelling, extending the temporary inconvenience of preparing the food among construction and transporting the food to the EM Club to be served.

Today the Midway Island chow hall is abandoned and crumbling due to the lack of maintenance by the USFWS and is on a list for demolition. It once played a part in the short lived visitation program that was put in place after the U.S. Navy left the island. With its removal any potential form of visitation becomes less likely in the future.

Chow hall fire letter
Chow hall fire letter – 24 May 1977

8 Replies to “Fire in The Midway Chow Hall”

  1. I was stationed on the Island during 1961-62 and actually cooked in the Cafe for extra $$ for a short time. My main duties were working in the Radar repair shop and flying as the replacement radar technician on those modified Super Constellations, we knew them by the military designation as WV-2’s. Good memories.

  2. I was stationed on Midway January 66-67. Worked in supply department and AFRTS as a disc jockey and telvision camera operator. Remember Bob Hopes emergency stop and putting on a show very late at night for all of us. Was happy to leave but have a lot of fond memories.

    1. I was at midway from 65to67 and I remember Bob stoping in that nite oh the beautiful girls he had with him LOL. I worked on flight line and was a crew member on our SAR crew. Lot of memories not many happy ones.

  3. Mike, I can remember my time there as well. 67 to 69. Remember Bob Hope as well. I was part of the Air force 607 MASS. Had a chance 10 years later to thank Mr. Hope personally as I saw him when I was at NBC studios.

  4. I was in the USAF 7/81-12/87 and made 3 deployments to Midway between 84-86 for an overall total of almost 4 months in support of JCS Operation Pony Express. I was stationed at Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska at the time and fortunately the Midway TDYs usually took place between Nov-Jan. I flew on a C-130 usually while I was there. So many special memories. A beautiful slice of paradise that I wish I could go back and visit.

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