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On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a mess attendant on the battleship USS West Virgina (BB-48), was serving breakfast and collecting laundry while the ship was moored at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. A few minutes before 8 a.m., the ship was struck by the first of seven torpedoes dropped by Japanese aircraft during their surprise attack on the base.

Dorie immediately raced to his battle station, but found it had already been destroyed. He was then ordered to the ship’s bridge to help move the ship’s captain, who was wounded in the initial attack, to safety.

After an invasion of ghouls, goblins and ghostbusters, the hangar deck of the USS Midway Museum more resembled the set of the “Walking Dead” than a nearly 80-year-old aircraft carrier.

Midway’s inaugural Haunted Hangar Deck Halloween Bash was a pumpkin-smashing success with more than 500 San Diegans swarming the ship clad in costumes ranging from Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompas to Marvel Comics superheroes.

“We had a blast at the party,” said Natalie Kessler. “The lighting, the dance floor, the costumes, the decorations – it was all great.”

For nearly 20 years, the USS Midway Museum has been committed to sharing stories of service and sacrifice of the men and women who have worn the uniform of the nation. This commitment was further enhanced with the launch of the annual docuseries “United Stories of America” in 2020.

Midway is proud to announce the release of season 4 of the series, with six new episodes that tell incredible stories of where the USS Midway and its crew intersected with critical moments in U.S. military history. The series was conceived of and developed as a means of sharing and chronicling historical stories that speak to the important role played by the U.S. Navy.

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade returned to the Embarcadero in 2023, and the USS Midway Museum was at the helm. More than 90 entrants participated in the parade, ranging from marching bands, floats, ceremonial vehicles and marching units from veterans organizations, military commands, local businesses, and community service and civic groups.

Midway formed a coalition of representatives from the city and county, active-duty military commands, and veteran support organizations to continue the tradition of holding this tribute parade in America’s Finest City.

Our debt to the heroic men and women who have served this country can never be repaid, but we should always remain committed to honoring their legacy and fulfill our obligations to all veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. Our bonds formed through service are strong, and we should seek to remain connected to our veterans and their ongoing needs, while encouraging ongoing efforts to provide them with resources and support.

Leaving its homeport of Norfolk in late 1947, the USS Midway (CV-41) steamed to the Mediterranean Sea for its first overseas deployment since being commissioned two years earlier. In conjunction with its primary mission of patrolling the waters of Europe’s soft underbelly at the start of the Cold War, the ship’s crew was also treated to several exciting port visits from Gibraltar and Africa to Italy and France.

At the age of 30, Robin Paine thought that physical exercise might help relieve some of the stress she was experiencing from her job. She decided to try running. More than 40 years and 70,000 miles later, the USS Midway Museum volunteer is still running and has no plans on stopping.

“I have been so lucky to have all the experiences that have been connected with running,” said Robin who began volunteering on Midway in 2012. “Little did I know that this simple act of putting on running shoes, shorts and a singlet would lead to such adventures, travels and friendships. Nowadays, my neighbors call me the neighborhood teenage runner even though I am 73. Running has been good to me, and I love the person that it has helped to make me.”