|Midway Islands 1961-1962|
These photos, and letters, were part of my life (Robert R. Smith, 973 81
87) during a tour of duty on Midway Island, a tour that was the end of my Navy
enlistment. I was transferred to Midway from Tacron 11 in San Diego.
There are actually 2 islands within the coral atoll. The larger island is Sand Island, the smaller is Eastern. Eastern Island contained a highly secret radio monitoring facility. Judging from photos, 1961-62 may have
been a “peak” for Midway activity... and appearance.|
Midway has an important, colorful history: The Battle of Midway is usually called the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. There is a significant Memorial site to those who died there during Japanese attacks. Pan American airline used Midway as a refueling point for the first trans-Pacific flights, and built many structures that survive to this day.
The U.S. Navy left Midway Island a number of years ago. Control of the island(s) is now in the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For a feel of my life on Midway, read Letters from Midway
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email to Bob SmithI now live in Richfield, Minnesota and have worked in the computer field since 1962