The Real Golden Parachute!

A member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team makes a perfect touchdown on Midway’s flight deck.
After the USS Midway (CV-41) was decommissioned, albeit with great fanfare, in San Diego in 1992, she was unceremoniously towed to Bremerton, Wash., where she quietly faded into the ghost fleet of forgotten Navy ships at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. There she rested pierside, along with more than 20 other retired Navy warships, slowly wasting away.

“I think becoming a docent has given me long life,” said Joe Neves, a 96-year-old World War II veteran who has been a USS Midway Museum docent since 2004. “Being a volunteer on Midway is the greatest thing I could think of after retiring. I’m alive now and I can say that honestly that I owe it all to the Midway. If there wasn’t a Midway Museum, there may not be a Joe Neves still kicking around today.”

These feelings about Midway, that Joe will happily tell anyone who will listen, are shared by many other museum volunteers. For them, it’s part of the magic that is Midway. Being on board puts a spark in their life that can make them feel happier, healthier and even younger.