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World War II Facilities at Midway

Midway Islands, U.S. Minor Islands
County of Midway Islands.
National Register Number: 87001302
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Watch in
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 28, 1987):
The Japanese launched an attempt to capture these islands in June 1942. American forces, ordered by Admiral Nimitz to intercept the Japanese attack, struck back after the Japanese fleet had begun its attack. The Japanese Navy never fully recovered from the American victory in this battle, and it restored American Naval power in the Pacific. This battle proved to be the turning point of the Pacific theater of World War II.

Buildings are deteriorated due to neglect and inappropriate mothballing measures taken before the Navy's departure. The current owner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and its cooperator, Oceanic Expeditions, are recruiting volunteers to help with repairs. The service is working on a cultural resources preservation plan for the NHL. Funds and support are needed to maintain the historic structures and provide the needed expertise to preserve these wood and metal buildings and artifacts in a marine climate.

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