Seventy-five years ago, John Miniclier and Edgar Fox were young men serving their country on one of the most remote military outposts in the world. They did not imagine that the events unfolding around them would bring them back to the sandy beaches of Midway three-quarters of a century later to commemorate one of the greatest battles of history – a victory that helped turn the tide of World War II.
This time around, their imaginations didn’t have to stretch quite so far – both Veterans attended 70th Anniversary events on Midway in 2012. Despite the advance of years, there has been no diminution in the requests for their “celebrity” appearances or in their graciousness in filling them.
Colonel Miniclier and his daughter Peggy Miniclier flew to Hawaiʻi from Florida, while Sergeant Fox and his daughter Debbie Fox traveled from Missouri. They were honored during the Battle of Midway Symposium at the Pacific Aviation Museum, where historians Craig Symonds, Jonathan Marshall and Daniel Martinez gave engaging presentations about the people and context of the great battle. The Veterans also had time to visit other historical sites in Pearl Harbor, including the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Station HYPO, the U.S. Navyʻs cryptographic intelligence unit in Hawaiʻi during World War II.
The Veterans and their daughters will be on Midway to participate in the Midway Atoll Livestream event, scheduled for June 5, 2017, 10:30am, PST. Tune in to the Livestream here: Battle of Midway Livestream.
As a testament to the importance of the Battle of Midway, 75th Anniversary events are taking place at many other locations around the country:
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Navy Pier, Honolulu, HI
NOAA Mokupāpapa Discovery Center – Hilo, HI
U.S. Navy Memorial – Washington, D.C.
USS Midway – San Diego, CA
The National World War II Museum – New Orleans, LA
National Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola, FL
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum – Mt. Pleasant, SC