April ~ December 2002 Updates

 

 

December 22, 2002

Carrier Air Wing 5 page in the VAQ-136 section - added additional information, bringing the history up to date through 2001.

 


 

November 30, 2002

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added additional information on ship's operations in the 70's & 80's.
 

Specifications page in the USS Midway section - added a list of the weapon systems installed aboard Midway from 1945 ~ 1991.

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added a photo of a wave crashing over Elevator 01 during a storm, submitted by Dave Lepard.

 


 

November 08, 2002

Received a website award from Military World.com, awarded for the USS Midway section.

 


 

November 03, 2002

Patches page in the USS Midway section - added a patch from Operation FREQUENT WIND, submitted by Darrell Allison.

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added information on the 1950's collision between Midway and USS Great Sitkin (AE-17), submitted by Jake Bengel, Bill Lewis, and Richard Minetti.

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added information for the 1950's time period involving an F2H crash and an accident aboard the USS Bennington, submitted by Jake Bengel.

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added additional information on the 1980 collision between Midway and the Cactus, submitted by John Hope.

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added a photo of the damage to USS Great Sitkin (AE-17), following a collision with Midway in the 1950's.

 


 

September 22, 2002

Specifications page in the USS Midway section - added a line drawing of the Midway from 1945.

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added scans of the invitation and program for Midway's final decommissioning.

 


 

September 08, 2002

IRONCLAW Book page added to the VAQ-136 section - a review of the book by Sherman Baldwin, in which he wrote about his time as a Gauntlet pilot during the Gulf War.

Feel Old Yet? page in the Fun Stuff section - added new information to make you feel even older once you have read it.

 


 

September 05, 2002

Squadron CO's page in the VAQ-136 section - completed the listing of squadron commanding officers, so it's now up to date. Many thanks to Master Chief Sylve, VAQ-136 Command Master Chief and Chief Manson, VAQ-136 Admin LCPO for their help in completing this list.

 


 

September 02, 2002

Squadron CO's page in the VAQ-136 section - added to the listing of squadron commanding officers. I am still missing some information, but hope to have it completed soon.

 


 

August 01, 2002

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added three scans of a George Bieda profile print of the USS Midway I acquired from Windjammer Arts.

 


 

July 28, 2002

Enlistment Humor page added to the Military Stuff section.

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added several new items.

 


 

June 23, 2002

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added additional info on the 47-48 Med Cruise, submitted by Charlie Beggy, a former Midway crewmember. Charlie was kind enough to lend me his copy of his cruisebook (titled: USS Midway, Mediterranean Cruise 1947-1948). Upon comparing his cruisebook to my own (from the early 90's), I saw the differences between the crewmembers of his day and my own were very few. Sailors have not changed very much since the end of WWII. They share the same experiences, perform the same jobs, and look forward to liberty in new and exciting ports. They still bitch and moan about many things, but when it gets right down to it, they are the best at what they do! Charlie has told me that when I return his cruisebook to him, he is going to donate it to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. Thank you Charlie, for letting me view this treasure and BZ to you for donating it to the museum to take its place in history.

 


 

May 27, 2002

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added more details to the info on the 1990 fire aboard the Midway.

 


 

May 25, 2002

Ship's History in the USS Midway section - added additional info on the 52-53 Med Cruise, submitted by Richard Minetti, a former Midway crewmember. Also added more info on various accidents and an airship landing.

 


 

May 09, 2002

Memorabilia and Patch Collection pages in the USS Midway section - added information on how to obtain USS Midway memorabilia.

Request for Help: After receiving an information submission offer from Richard Minetti, a former Midway crewmember, I am now asking for help. I am attempting to add to this documentation of Midway's history and am always looking for new information. Mr. Minetti was kind enough to photocopy information from his copy of the 1952~1953 cruisebook and send it to me for inclusion on the history page. If anyone has any history, information, photos, or memorabilia they would like to share with others, I would very much like to include it on this site. Scans of photos or memorabilia would be the best way for submission. However, if you don't have access to a scanner, snail mail is always an option. Anything received would most definitely be returned to the sender. Full credit will be given to the owner of photos and to the submitter of information. If you have something you think would enhance this memorial to "The Fleet's Finest Carrier," please don't hesitate to contact me.

 


 

April 28, 2002

Received a website award from Grunt's Military Site, awarded for the USS Midway section.

 


 

April 19, 2002

Homepage - replaced old photo of myself with a more recent photo.

 


 

April 13, 2002

Received a website award from The International Association of Web Masters and Designers, awarded for the USS Midway section.

Squadron Patches page in the VAQ-136 section - added a squadron patch depicting the desert scheme.

Revamped some graphics on the Menu and Awards pages.

In-Work: Photo Galleries for the VAQ-136 section - I am still scanning and organizing photos and information.

 


 

April 08, 2002

The new Menu is up and operational. I never realized how much work it would be. I ended up making a navbar manually without a wizard or program. I think the final outcome looks much better than the text-only menu that was up before. I also cleaned up a few of the other pages on the site, streamlining them a little. I adjusted some of the graphics and layouts. It seems that once you start something, you keep finding other stuff to do.

 


 

April 07, 2002

Commanding Officers page added to the USS Midway section.

Commanding Officers page added to the VAQ-136 section.

Squadron Emblem page added to the VAQ-136 section.

Received a website award from U.S. Wings, awarded for the USS Midway section.

Squadron Patches page in the VAQ-136 section - added new information about one of the patches.

Feel Old Yet? page in the Fun Stuff section - added new information.

Links page in the Fun Stuff section - added new links and deleted a few dead ones.

In-Work: Photo Galleries for the VAQ-136 section - started scanning photos and getting them ready to upload. This is going to be a big project, so it might take a while.