There was a lot happening this week on Midway. The island Thai population had a holiday on Monday for the Thai King's Birthday, Wednesday was Pearl Harbor Day and our supply ship, the Kahana, came in, we started our major albatross banding season, a lunar eclipse, a nice snorkel on a beautiful day on Saturday, and topped it off with a boat ride today with the dolphins around again.
Most people don't know that Dec. 7, 1941 was an eventful day for Midway as well as Pearl Harbor. Midway was attacked by Japanese ships on that day. It was nowhere near the scale of the Pearl Harbor attack or the Battle of Midway 6 months later, but 2 Japanese ships shelled Midway. First Lieutenant George Cannon was also killed that day, and became the first U.S. Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII. The story is in one of the photos below.
I've got more photos than usual, so I'll write more in the captions below.
This is the George H. Cannon Memorial in front of the building where he was mortally wounded. He was the first U.S. Marine to recieve the Medal of Honor in World War II. His story is engraved in the granite block below the U.S. flag and the U.S. Marine Corps flag (basically the same short story as in the next photo).
I left this photo at a little higher quality so you can double click on it and read a short summary of the attack on Midway and the George Cannon story.
We had the U.S. flag and the U.S. Navy flag at the Navy Memorial at half staff for Pearl Harbor Day.
I got up early for the lunar eclipse. It was cloudy for a lot of it, but it cleared up about 3:30 a.m. and I got a couple of photos. The moon is just starting to come out of the total eclipse in this photo.
Here are two photos I took a couple of hours ago by putting my camera underwater from the boat. I just randomly snapped the photos underwater. I got about 6 or 7 decent ones out of 174.