Midway Sentinal

Spring 2007


First Lady Laura Bush visited Midway Atoll on Thursday, March 1, 2007 as part of a tour recognizing the new 140,000 square mile Marine National Monument covering the northwest Hawaiian Islands. This area was designated as such in 2006 by President Bush. The Marine National Monument includes the Midway Atoll National Memorial which the International Midway Memorial Foundation (IMMF) encouraged Congress to pass, following which the bill was signed into law by President Clinton in November 1999.

IMMFMrs Bush visited the Battle of Midway Memorial on the parade grounds of Sand Island, bringing back my memories of when the IMMF installed and dedicated the gray granite and black marble memorial monument in 1995.

We all look forward to honoring the men who fought and died in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 2007. Many of heroes of the battle are no longer with us, but we will always remember them for their singular bravery and skill in keeping our country safe for democracy. For those living Midway veterans, we extend the Foundation's deepest appreciation for the sacrifices you made, and for the victory you scored at Midway in June, 1942.


  1. The Foundation has contacted U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Gary Roughhead, USN and received the Navy's full support and assistance for the IMMF's events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

  2. The Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet has been invited to be the guest speaker at the Annual Midway Night Dinner to be held on June3, 2007 at the Halekulani Hotel.

  3. Senator Daniel K. Inouye has been invited to be the guest speaker for the commemorative ceremony to be held on the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial on June 2, 2007.

  4. A new painting depicting the Battle of Midway has been authorized by the IMMF. Steve Dryden, a Bradenton-area local artist with great talent, is completing the work as this newsletter goes to publication. The title of the new painting is: "The Battle for Midway Island." The painting will be commissioned aboard the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial on June 2, 2007. Prints will be made available for those who have an interest in purchasing them.

  5. The Navy League in Hawaii has offered its assistance in promoting the IMMF's events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

  6. IMMF Allen F. Lloyd, historian for the Navy League in Hawaii has accepted the IMMF's invitation to be on the Battle of Midway Symposium panel. The Foundation has also extended invitations to Daniel A. Martinez, National Park Historian at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Robert B. Stennett, author of "Day of Deceit", Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, authors of "Shattered Sword" and Admiral Paul E. Tobin, USN (Ret.), Director of the Naval Historical Center.

  7. The Public Affairs Office for U.S. Pacific Fleet Command has extended their full support in assisting the Foundation in all of its commemorative events of May 30-June 3, 2007.

  8. Military Historic Tours has formed an association with the IMMF and its members will be offered the opportunity to attend our commemorative ceremonies.

***A deposit of $200 for each person is required to attend the commemorative events in Hawaii and this amount should be sent to Bob Folliard at the address stated at the end of this newsletter. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Folliard at (301) 437-6015.***


Military Historic Tours (MHT) has secured a 737 Continental aircraft for transportation from Honolulu Airport to Midway Island. The cost for the round trip airfare is $1150 per person. However, for members of the IMMF, the roundtrip cost will be $950 per person. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to cover the cost of the airfare for Midway veterans. This plan does not include their wives. Those Foundation members who are planning to travel to Midway should contact Robert Folliard (see contact information provided at the end of this newsletter). In addition, a Princess Cruise liner will be leaving Los Angeles and arriving at Midway with 1500 passengers on June 4, 2007.

IMMF The actual Battle of Midway commemorative ceremony is scheduled from 12:30pm to 2p.m. The Continental flight will arrive at about 11:30a.m and leave at about 7:00pm to return to Honolulu. After the ceremony the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will offer walking tours from 2:15 to 4:30pm.


After June 4, 2007, and having finalized the commemorative events for the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the Foundation will again embark on projects to obtain funds for the completion of its documentary film "Against All Odds". I have contacted our former film company president and he now conveniently lives in Tampa, FL only 40 miles from me. He has again agreed to help us produce this film. Stay tuned!


Chris and I wish everyone a Happy Easter and we look forward to seeing everyone who is attending the commemorative events of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

Written By:

James M. Dangelo

Chairman and Founder, IMMF

Written By:

M. Christine Sims

Vice President and Chairman, IMMF

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