Acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson has announced
that the historic aircraft carrier USS Midway will be
donated to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, a qualified
The Midway (CVB 41), the last remaining vessel of the
World War II-era CV 41 class [she was commissioned just a month
after the war ended, in September, 1945 --ed.], will be displayed
in remembrance of the valiant service of its crew and as a
testimonial to the men and women who built, reconfigured and
maintained this vessel.
The request from the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum was the
only complete application for donation of Midway. After a
review of the package, Johnson determined that it is in the Navy's
best interests to approve donation to the museum.
The ship was named for the Battle of Midway, which was fought in
the Central Pacific from June 4-7, 1942. It is considered the
decisive battle of the war, in the theater. Before this battle the
Japanese were on the offensive; after it, the Americans and their
allies took the offensive. During the battle, U.S. forces sank the
four Japanese carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor only six
months before, while losing only one U.S. carrier.