About MidwayIsland.com  A website for those who love the history, both natural and human, of the most beautiful island in the Mid-Pacific, Midway Island.

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For information regarding Midway Island, The Battle of Midway National Monument, Midway Atoll NWR or the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument please contact the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

This is not the official website of Midway Island. Please go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Midway_Atoll/

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  1. Use your anyway you can go back to midway I was stationed there in 1956 seven and eight I was 17 I would really like to take my wife there to see it and I would like to see it again and 80 in January and this might be my last chance
    Thank you

    1. Hello Gerry. Unfortunately Midway is closed to the public and has been taken over by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. There are ways to volunteer that may allow you to return but you would need to contact with the USFWS or The Friends of Midway Atoll.

      Happy birthday shipmate!!


  2. The diver Jim Reed, did he have red hair and end up as an instructor? If so, he was my NAUI SCUBA instructor in 1980 on Midway. I have been looking for him for a long time & have never seen anything til now that looks like him and I’m sure that is his name.
    I sure would like to thank him again for the introduction to SCUBA that I have loved ever since. I cannot dive anymore because of my ears but I still think about the lobsters I would get on Midway, riding the big beautiful turtles and all the marine life I miss along with that old island! I miss Midway & it turned out to be the very best duty station I ever had.
    Yes, I do wish I could go back also!

  3. I have several photos and base newspapers in a scrape book that l ran across at a military auction. All dated 1944 and all seem to be of a Naval Construction Battalion from Midway Island. Don’t know what to do with them. Took them to Navy recruiter and he didn’t know. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Dan. I have amassed a couple boxes of Midway memorabilia over the years. I’m contemplating where it all should go when I decide to let it go.

      I have thought about approaching the Pearl Harbor museum as well as the USS Midway. I want this stuff shared.

      The sad thing about this is that Midway could be open to visitation where a relevant museum could be maintained to display the island’s history, but they keep the place tied up and closed down.

      If you’d like I could take the material off of your hands. I scan and add this kind of stuff here in lieu of a real museum.


      1. The other way of going is to join the once-a-year tour/flight from Honolulu sponsored by http://www.miltours.com for the battle anniversary celebration. This sells out every year early so get your deposit in early and expect to pay in the $5000 range.

    2. Try donating them to the Seabee Museum, at the Seabee Base at Port Hueneme, California. Their instructions for this is to please email Seabee MuseumCollections@navy.mil.

      I am a retired Navy Seabee and was stationed on Midway for 18 months in the early 70’s

  4. Midway was my first duty station after boot camp in 1972. As a seaman I worked at the Navy blue line brig for a BMCS who taught me what would happen if I ever fell asleep during midwatch again. I qualified as a JO3 and went to KMTH putting out The Islander and working in radio. My boss at the time was JO1 Dave Rook (don’t know whatever happened to him). Clearly remember when the first WAVE sailors arrived. Several hundred unaccompanied men sailors on the island and a handful of females. There was literally a riot at the EM club; had to be broken up with high pressure fire hoses. The commanding officer was relieved of command. Wish I could visit the island now.

  5. I served on Midway from October 1966 until September 1967. I managed air cargo for the Navy and worked with a Master Sargent in the Air Force. We handled log flights and other non routine flights, especially those from and to Vietnam. I worked for the Supply Department under the command of Commander Robert Connely. I would really like to visit the Island as many I understand would. It’s a crime that the USFWS has control of the Island and doing such a horrible job. I wonder if the Island could be either privatized or put under a different government control.

    1. Hi Samuel!
      I stumbled across this site. I am not exactly sure of the years that my Grandpa, Paul Lewman, worked on Midway, but he and my Granny, Mary Margaret, and their four girls: Paula, Phylicia, Paige, and Pandy- all lived there…(I think from 1966-68?). Anyway, I have so many pictures from their albums.

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