The MVA reunion that was held in San Diego on April 23-25, 2015 was a huge success, with some 300 Midway veterans and guests in attendance at the Grand Banquet. The keynote speaker, CAPT Larry Ernst USN (Ret.), Midway's last commanding officer (91-92), gave a stirring speech. Two other former Midway commanding officers - RADM Riley Mixson USN (Ret.) and RADM Larry Chambers USN (Ret.) - were also present, as were two "MiG Killers" from the Vietnam era - CAPT Ronald "Mugs" McKeown USN (Ret.) and CAPT John Ensch USN (Ret.).
The USS Midway Museum was also well represented at the banquet, including RADM Mac McLaughlin USN (Ret.), president and CEO, who introduced Larry Ernst. The real VIPs, however, were the Midway veterans themselves, nearly 200 strong. Along with their families and guests they enjoyed a wide selection of tours and events, such as going aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, CVN-67, and taking in a ballgame between the Padres and the Dodgers at Petco Park. Stay tuned to this website for the latest news on our next reunion, which will be held in the spring of 2016 (date TBD), in Pensacola, FL, a Navy town if there ever was one.
Are You a Midway Veteran? If so, click here to download the membership application to join the USS Midway Veterans Association. On the form you will need to fill in the blanks and mail it, along with your check, to the address on the application. The membership fees we collect help offset the costs of writing, producing and mailing our quarterly newsletter and the many other costs associated with hosting our reunions. Our three membership categories are described on the application form. And remember, you don't have to belong to the MVA to attend the reunions. We welcome all Midway Veterans, regardless of Midway Veterans’ affiliations. Note: the USS Midway Veterans Association is a 501(c)(19) not-for-profit organization; our membership fees (aka, dues or contributions) are tax-deductible as provided by law. We donate 20 percent of our dues/contributions to the USS Midway Museum’s Education Scholarship Fund and Midway Preservation Endowment.