World of Warships, the popular naval warfare-themed multiplayer online game, has joined Midway’s family of marketing partners as exclusive presenting sponsor of seasons four and five of Midway’s United Stories of America video docuseries that profiles the lives, service, and sacrifice of those who serve on the USS Midway and Navy aircraft carriers.

Conceived as a means of extending and expanding visitors’ onboard experiences, United Stories tells Midway-specific and general naval aviation stories that inspire, engage, educate, and foster appreciation for those who serve and the freedoms we enjoy. The videos feature many Midway docents, volunteers, and staff as the storytellers. Season four of United Stories began with the release of the first episode around Labor Day and continues with the release of an episode about every other week through Veterans Day.

“Our freedoms and the sacrifice necessary to preserve them are built on the backs of the young men and women who serve in uniform,” said David Koontz, Midway’s marketing director. “Their experiences are enormously relevant and inspirational. We’re looking forward to extending the museum experience of today with a worldwide audience in the years to come.”

“Our partnership with the Midway has been vital to our mission of preserving naval history,” said Ross Falk, marketing lead for World of Warships, Americas. “Ships like Midway serve as an important tangible reminder of the sacrifices made during one of the most significant conflicts in human history. We owe it to future generations to tell these important stories, to honor the traditions of naval heritage, commemorate veterans, and promote the values of remembrance.

Season four episodes of United Stories of America focus on Midway’s 47 years of service and recount some very compelling stories told by those who experienced them. From the loglines of each episode:

Episode 1RINGSIDE SEAT: At the battle that named USS Midway (CV-41). Young Rudy Matz was in the thick of the action at the most decisive naval action of World War II. His story frames an equally fascinating tale about how the USS Midway got its name.

Episode 2 – OPERATION FROSTBITE: The Cold War gets colder. The end of World War II saw the specter of global conflict loom. When America decided to test the nation’s Arctic warfare capabilities, Midway led the charge.

Sparking the space age on a flight deck.
In 1947, a captured Nazi V-2 rocket was
launched from Midway’s flight deck to test the feasibility of firing long-range missiles from ships at sea. It was a ‘heart in throat’ moment no one present would ever forget.

Episode 4 – SURVIVING THE HANOI HILTON: A unique legacy of courage. In their own words, the story of four remarkable men representing the 179 naval aviator prisoners of war during the Vietnam War who fought bravely and endured captivity in defense of their nation.

From ripcord to rescue. Navy fighter pilot Paul Ilg’s world went from ordinary to extraordinary when a Vietnam combat mission became a test in sheer survival. His comrades aboard Midway would somehow find a way to provide this story with a proper ending.

Episode 6 – INSIDE OPERATION FREQUENT WIND: With those who lived the legend. Midway played a leading role in the amazing operation that saved thousands of people at the end of the Vietnam War. Navy Capt. Lawrence Chambers, Midway’s commanding officer, and those he rescued remember the dramatic day that changed their lives forever.

You can see all these engaging episodes here:

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