The USS MIdway is now a museum in San Diego, CA. I served aboard her from September 1979 to October 1981. I was a GMT (Gunner's Mate Technician) and I worked on classified weapons. While serving aboard her, I drew my division's Christmas cards (W-Division) and a picture regarding the Iran Crisis of 1979. Many of my drawings and studies for other cards were recently donated to the Midway Museum's Library. I also gave them a signed copy of my book on Moby-Dick (it contains an acknowledgement to the Midway's library: "I would first like to thank Chief Hunt, my former Chief from the USS Midway, CV-41, for letting me know, in that distinctive naval vernacular, that when tackling any kind of writing assignment, it's more noble to plow your own sea-lane. I am also grateful to the crew's library onboard the USS Midway -- a small secluded island unto itself, that nourished the mind and soul amidst the hustle and bustle of swarming men and machines in the middle of the Indian Ocean" ). It was in the Midway's library during my stay aboard her that I found, to my surprise, Horace Freeland Judson's The Search For Solutions, a book that fired my academic imagination while I was taking college classes (the Navy flew onto the Midway college professors from Chapman College in CA). I not only received my high school diploma aboard the Midway (in 1980, in a ceremony in the ship's focsal), but I ended up taking 8 college classes aboard her as well.
In addition to the drawings, I also donated several of my Midway and Naval records (including my training record), as well as pamphlets and pictures from the Japanese demonstrations in Yokosuka that were held to protest the Midway carrying nuclear weapons.
USS Midway. 1980. Indian Ocean. I took this photo from a helicopter.