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In the News (Wed 24 Apr 19)

  
  Midway Islands History
Sand Island, the larger, measures a mile and a half long by a mile wide, and has a hill which reaches a maximum elevation of 43 feet, topped by a light.
The island has been turned into quite a beauty spot, with livestock, poultry, lawns, and airy spacious quarters for the cable personnel, and now a good hotel to attract the visitor, who also might be interested in the excellent fishing.
In June, 1942, Midway Islands was the scene of a decisive naval battle in which the United States combined fleets destroyed Japan's carrier fleet.
www.janeresture.com /midway   (1658 words)

  
 THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY
In the meantime, the defences on Midway were strenghtened.
Planes from the Midway strike were recovered by 0918 (time when VT-8 attacked), and the whole Japanese fleet changed its course to 070 degrees to close in with the American fleet.
They jettisoned their bombs in the lagoon as a friendly gesture, but the gunners on Midway didn't take it in that spirit, so they had to dodge aa fire, until they were recognized as friendlies.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Rhodes/8384/midway.html   (7093 words)

  
 U.S. Navy - A Brief History of Aircraft Carriers: Battle of Midway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A strong Japanese thrust in the central Pacific to occupy Midway Island was led by a four-carrier Mobile Force, supported by heavy units of the Japanese First Fleet, and covered by a diversionary carrier raid on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
The Japanese attack on Midway was met by a greatly outnumbered U.S. carrier force composed of task Force 17 (Rear Adm. Fletcher) with USS Yorktown (CV 5) and Task Force 16 (Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spruance) with USS Hornet (CV 8) and USS Enterprise (CV 6).
Midway was one of the decisive battles of history that had far reaching and enduring results on the Pacific War.
www.chinfo.navy.mil /navpalib/ships/carriers/midway.html   (664 words)

  
 Oceanic Society PRESS RELEASE
Midway Phoenix Corporation (MPC), the sole provider of air and land support services, summarily ceased visitor operations on January 23rd, citing heavy financial losses and a basic disagreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over management policy of the Refuge.
Midway Atoll, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands chain approximately 1250 miles west of Honolulu, is an ecosystem of exceptional value.
Midway Atoll was the site of a pivotal battle during World War II and contains a number of nationally significant historical resources.
www.oceanic-society.org /pages/presrelease/news19.html   (687 words)

  
 Smithsonian Journeys: Where the Gooney Birds Are - Complete Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Busily caring for the islands, monitoring, studying and explaining the creatures and the history is a shifting group of FWS people, field scientists and lecturers, as well as volunteers young and old, mostly willing to let you lend a hand.
When I talked with Linda Campbell, a Navy brat on Midway in the 1960s, she fondly recalled that about 25 albatross pairs nested on her chief petty officer father’s small lawn; the pair closest to the front door, nicknamed Gertrude and Heathcliffe, were regarded as the family pets.
On Midway, it is not shifts in weather that determine the seasons but the comings and goings of gooney birds.
www.smithsonianmag.si.edu /journeys/01/sep01/feature_full_page_1.html   (1374 words)

  
 Midway set to launch new career | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The battle between U.S. forces and Japan occurred June 4-7, 1942, near the Midway Islands and established U.S. superiority in the Pacific for the rest of World War II.
Midway veterans, former commanding officers, senior Navy officers and various dignitaries are scheduled to attend today's festivities on the carrier's newly restored flight deck.
Midway workers this week set up a lift system to provide ship access to people with disabilities.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040605/news_1m5midway.html   (714 words)

  
 Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
At Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Laysan albatross, fl-footed albatross, Bonin petrels, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, boobies, great frigatebirds, green sea turtles, monk seals and spinner dolphins along with many other birds and marine life thrive on Sand Island, Eastern Island and Spit Island and the adjacent atoll.
These once volcanic islands emerged from the sea some 28 million years ago and subsequent to that time a chain of islands formed in this Pacific plate to become Midway Islands.
Midway Atoll became the famous turning point for the World War II in the Pacific Ocean.
www.friendsofmidway.org   (215 words)

  
 Introduction to Midway Atoll
Midway became an "overlay" refuge in 1988, while still under the primary jurisdiction of the Navy.
With the closure of Naval Air Facility Midway Island in 1993, there began a transition from bullets to birds, a change in mission from national defense to wildlife conservation.
Midway is one of the most remote coral atolls on earth.
midway.fws.gov /intro/default.htm   (320 words)

  
 Midway Atoll, Paradise Found--Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Midway Atoll is the result of a volcanic island formed some 28 million years ago.
The three small islands lie in the bluest of lagoons, surrounded by an encircling coral reef which is 5 miles in diameter.
Sand Island, is the main island (approximately 1200 acres), Eastern Island, is a protected wildlife refuge (334 acres) and Spit Island is a tiny 6 acre sand bar.
www.nestbox.com /midway.htm   (785 words)

  
 Midway IslandGenWeb
As a military island, Midway once boasted a population of about 3000; it now has 120 after the US withdrew the naval base.
Midway is now an official bird sanctuary; its current residents include the white gooney, fl gooney, frigate bird, booby bird, fairy tern, brown noddy, fl noddy and the mynah bird.
The islands are being cleaned up by a skeleton crew whose job it is to eliminate waste material, greet visitors and encourage the many birds that populate the island.
www.rootsweb.com /~mdwwgw   (409 words)

  
 Battle of Midway - Part 1
Ever since March, Yamamoto had been pressing to convince the Naval General Staff that the planned attacks on Samoa and Fiji Islands had to be dropped in favor of an attack on the Central Pacific island of Midway.
Utilizing the underwater telephone connection with Midway, he asked that Midway transmit, via uncoded radio traffic, a message saying that the desalination plant was out of order.
Midway's base commander launched all available planes, including the twenty-seven fighters led by Marine Major Floyd B. "Red" Parks, which would jump the enemy bombers on their run in.
www.sunwest-emb.com /wiseman/bmidway.htm   (6028 words)

  
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Lying approximately 1,137 miles northwest of Oahu, Midway, outer rampart of the Hawaiian chain, had been recognized to be strategic as early as 1867 when the Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, directed that Brooks Island, as it was then known, be claimed and surveyed for the United States.
The former is properly entitled the "Black-footed Albatross"; the latter, the "Laysan Albatross," "Midway Islands," Fred C. Hadden, undated, hereinafter cited as Hadden.
Midway observers agree that the 3-inch battery secured at least three hits, yet it is equally certain that both ships returned to Japan under their own power as planned.
www.au.af.mil /au/awc/awcgate/usmchist/midway.txt   (19534 words)

  
 Chandler Robbins Black-footed and Laysan Albatross from Midway Island 1956-1970
Midway Atoll is located in the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles east of the International dateline, 2200 miles west of San Francisco.
Midway Island, located in the Pacific Ocean is an important nesting area for seabirds, and modern human influences on this island date back to 1904 when the Pacific Cable Company used the island during the time they were laying transatlantic telegraph cables.
Although banding took place on many areas throughout these islands, there were 3 specific study area on Sand Island and 3 on Eastern island in which a 1-foot grid system was instituted and every year every nest was plotted and intensive efforts were made to band all birds.
www.pwrc.usgs.gov /bbl/recapture/chanrobb.htm   (1369 words)

  
 10/12/2004~Laysan Ducks Make New Home on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
The Laysan duck was believed to be endemic to Laysan Island (it was found historically on neighboring Lisianski Island, but was extirpated in the early 20th century), but in 1995 evidence from bones revealed that the duck once inhabited the islands of Hawaii, Molokai, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.
This landmark event, translocating birds to Midway, seeks to create a second wild population of Laysan ducks and is a high priority for the recovery of the species.
Laysan ducks are teal sized, between 15 and 17 inches in length, are brown with a bright green-blue to purple speculum (the distinctive feathers on the secondary wing feathers), and have a white area eye ring.
news.fws.gov /NewsReleases/R1/9319DC55-A9BE-08E1-FDB8C92A7D552686.html   (1202 words)

  
 Midway Sportfishing Trips and Charters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Midway is one of the islands in the Hawaiian chain, albeit one of the furthest away, and in every way Midway Sportfishing represents the very essence of what Sportfish Hawaii stands for: a quality fishing destination, knowledgable and friendly skippers, clean, comfortable and well equipped boats, and a strong ethic towards conservation.
Closed to the public for years, the island was finally opened for everyone to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities in a haven of unbelievable beauty.
Since opening in 1996, Midway Sportfishing has gained an international reputation as a record-breaking fishing destination for many species, yet has consistently marketed and proven themselves to be a responsible fishery by releasing the vast majority of their catch.
www.sportfishhawaii.com /midwayintro.htm   (485 words)

  
 Midway albatross count up sharply - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
Midway has 75 percent of the world's distribution of Laysan albatrosses, which are among the largest sea birds.
Midway has 35 percent of the world's fl-footed albatross nests.
But generally, the agency believes Midway is a safer place for the birds than it was years ago as an active Navy base.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com /article/2004/Jan/09/ln/ln33a.html   (367 words)

  
 Executive Order 11048
The Secretary of the Interior shall be responsible for the civil administration of Wake Island and all executive and legislative authority necessary for that administration, and all judicial authority respecting Wake Island other than the authority contained in the act of June 15, 1950 (64 Stat.
The Secretary of the Navy shall be responsible for the civil administration of Midway Island and all executive and legislative authority necessary for that administration, and all judicial authority respecting Midway Island other than the authority contained in the act of June 15, 1950 (64 Stat.
As used herein, the terms "Wake Island" and "Midway Island" include the reefs appurtenant to, and the territorial waters of, Wake Island and Midway Island, respectively.
www.lib.umich.edu /govdocs/jfkeo/eo/11048.htm   (348 words)

  
 Midway Atoll, Northwest Hawaiian Islands
Over 1100 miles northwest of Honolulu, Midway Atoll is a paradise for animal watching, diving, and relaxing on one of the world's most beautiful beaches.
The only inhabited island is Sand Island with an area of 2 square miles.
Visitors are allowed to visit the islands today with special permission only if they have an airplane and food for the duration of the stay.
www.coralreefnetwork.com /stender/diving/midway/midway.htm   (191 words)

  
 Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war.
After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.
The base at Midway, though damaged by Japanese air attack, remained operational and later became a vital component in the American trans-Pacific offensive.
www.history.navy.mil /photos/events/wwii-pac/midway/midway.htm   (1221 words)

  
 Stopping the Tide. The Battle of Midway, 4th June -- 7th June, 1942
Utilizing the underwater telephone connection with Midway, he asked that Midway transmit, via uncoded radio traffic, a message saying that the desalination plant was out of order -- which would be a serious matter on a lonely Pacific isle full of men but lacking substantial natural fresh water supplies.
Easter Island and its triangular airstrip in the foreground.
Midway there would have been merely three carriers remaining to oppose any Japanese move -- none of which was a really good ship.
www.microworks.net /pacific/battles/midway.htm   (5742 words)

  
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Midway is now essentially gone to humans, thanks to radical environmental policies of our Fish and Wildlife Agency.
Midway Phoenix poured millions of dollars into the effort, and it became clear that their effort was successful, only to have that success be thwarted by ridiculous FWS policies.
FWS is destroying Midway, trying to "restore" it to it's pre-human condition.
www.smith.mn /midway.html   (173 words)

  
 Battle of Midway - Part 2
Yorktown, having served in the Coral Sea together with Lexington, was sunk at Midway, but had proven that her construction was a good one: she had suffered an attack by dive-bombers, was hit durng this attack by three bombs, but was soon again driving 20 knots and flying off fighters.
Northeast of Midway, Yorktown, flying Rear Admiral Fletcher's flag, rendezvoused with TF 16 under Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance and maintained a position 10 miles to the northward of the latter.
The action at Midway Was a victory of intelligence bravely applied by Admiral Nimitz and his Fleet, the first really smashing defeat inflicted on the Japanese.
www.sunwest-emb.com /wiseman/bmidway2.htm   (8632 words)

  
 Agency out of money to run Midway facilities - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
If not, options are limited, and could include closing the old military airfield to commercial operations and shutting down many of the facilities that are being kept open in hopes of reopening the island to visits by ecotourists and military history buffs.
Midway Atoll is in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, about 1,300 miles from Honolulu.
The firm opened the island to diving tours, fishing charters, wildlife tours and people interested in the atoll's military history, but the company withdrew early in 2002 after complaining that Fish and Wildlife Service restrictions on its activities made it impossible to conduct a successful business.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com /article/2003/Sep/02/ln/ln23a.html   (403 words)

  
 GI -- World War II Commemoration
BATTLE OF MIDWAY, a decisive naval battle of WORLD WAR II that demonstrated that bombers from aircraft carriers, properly utilized, could defeat a superior surface force.
Fighters and bombers from all three carriers and from Midway were sent toward the enemy carriers.
He also learned that another air attack on Midway would be required and ordered his reserve aircraft to be rearmed with fragmentation and incendiary bombs.
gi.grolier.com /wwii/wwii_midwaybat.html   (460 words)

  
 TRAVELER @ nationalgeographic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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Spice up your life with a trip to the exotic island of Zanzibar, zanzibar.net, the famous “Spice Island,” 70 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
A naval base, the three islands were closed to the public until 1997.
www.nationalgeographic.com /traveler/dispatches/0103   (1495 words)

  
 Battle of Midway: 4-7 June 1942
The Battle of Midway, fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway, is considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific.
In addition to this advance toward Port Moresby, evidence that Japan was intent on expanding east of the Marshall Islands appeared in COMINT in early 1942.
In Admiral Yamamoto's view, the capture of Midway Island would allow Japan to pursue its Asian policies behind an impregnable eastern shield of defenses in the Central Pacific.
www.history.navy.mil /faqs/faq81-1.htm   (2732 words)

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