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My brother-in-law, Gordon, is a retired pilot and loves all things that fly. His one wish for the entire trip was to visit the retired-into-a-museum aircraft carrier Midway. And am I glad that we did!
Built during World War II, the Midway also saw service in the Korean War and in the South China Sea during Vietnam. In fact, if any of you are as old as me you will remember, during the American evacuation of Vietnam, the famous scenes of airmen throwing helicopters off the deck of an aircraft carrier to make room for an airplane that was trying to land. You guessed it: that was the Midway, which was the command center for the operation.
It is not that I, or my brother-in-law, admire the things of war…far from it. But whatever your politics, it was and is a dangerous world; one must admire the courage, sacrifice, discipline and dedication of the young men and women who have answered the call to serve and have risked their lives for their beliefs. That is what the Midway honors.
As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting in selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain poetry blog.
A very large statue of a famous photograph originally taken in Times Square, New York, commemorating the end of the war in Europe:
A statue commemorating the hundreds of shows that Bob Hope did for the USO on overseas bases:
Below is a panorama of the Midway at dock. (Click on the photo to see a larger version. Click on that photo to see it at full scale.)
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