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Gooney Bird Monument – 1972
The year was 1972 and Midway Island had just created the Battle of Midway Memorial Park. The park displayed a panoramic mural depicting the battle, two huge guns that were once stationed at emplacements built to defend the island against a Japanese attack during World War II and several memorial plaques commemorating the historical significance of the island and to the men who died fighting to defend it. But the centerpiece would end up being a 11-foot tall “Mahogany Albatross”, a wooden gooney bird called by many the “Giant Gooney”.
An adult Gooney Bird, Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) at Midway Island. This photo was taken in 2012 when I was privileged to be able to visit the the island again to attend the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Battle of Midway.