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The US took formal possession of the islands in 1867. The laying of the trans-Pacific cable, which passed through the islands, brought the first residents in 1903. Between 1935 and 1947, Midway was used as a refueling stop for trans-Pacific flights. The US naval victory over a Japanese fleet off Midway in 1942 was one of the turning points of World War II. The islands continued to serve as a naval station until closed in 1993. Today the islands are a national wildlife refuge. From 1996 to 2001 the refuge was open to the public; it is now temporarily closed.
As a member of the 3rd MAW I was the squadron Corpsman for a Transpac to Guam to ferry and air refuel F-4's back from Viet Nam. We were there only for 3 hours or so and we landed to get some fuel and…Continue
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