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“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.

Next stop – Tour de France!

Ok, Ok, maybe they’re not quite there yet, but one can dream. Baby steps.

In the spirit of camaraderie, exercise and some quality grassroots marketing, the Midway bike club was born.

Known now as “Midway on Bikes” or MOB, the museum’s new two-wheeler club was the brainchild of USS Midway Museum docent Bob Carter.

And the winner is!

Presented by Cox Business, the Top Tech Awards celebration is held annually to honor the region’s top information technology (IT) leaders. Nominated by their peers and clients, the awards acknowledge the outstanding efforts of these often unsung heroes in the world of IT.

The USS Midway Museum’s director of IT, Shawn Granen, took home the 2023 Cox Business Exemplary Award for his stellar IT efforts and leadership at the museum.

For nearly 50 years, whether in times of peace or war, the mission of the USS Midway (CV-41) was to successfully launch and recover its aircraft. Most of the attention, understandably so, was focused on the aviators and flight deck crews. But quietly lurking in the bowels of the carrier was a band of sailors who kept the carrier steaming and its aircraft flying.

“New exhibits give us a chance to tell more of the Midway and aircraft carrier story using the latest exhibit technology and design methods to better educate, entertain and inspire our guests.”

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.

The USS Midway Museum paid tribute to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego and two Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients at its annual American Patriot Award Gala. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of training excellence at MCRD San Diego, the prestigious award was presented to retired Marine Corps Colonels Robert Modrzejewski and Jay Vagas for their courageous and selfless actions in combat during the Vietnam War.

Danger lurked around every corner, every minute of every day.

It was another miserably hot and humid summer night along the Mekong River when the squadron scrambled to provide emergency air support to a South Vietnamese army outpost that was under attack by an overwhelming Viet Cong force. Petty Officer Gary Ely, a seasoned UH-1 Huey helicopter door gunner with Seawolves of Navy Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 (HAL-3), made sure his door-mounted mini gun was ready for action as his aircraft raced into battle. Engaging in a close-air strike with both door guns and rockets, Gary’s crew attempted to repel the advancing enemy attack. After flying half the night, and refueling and rearming four times, they finally beat back the assault, saving the lives of those manning the outpost while risking their own.