Reunion held for USS Midway veterans

Midway Museum designed as living tribute

SAN DIEGO - It was an emotional trip back through time for more than 100 sailors in San Diego this weekend for a reunion on the USS Midway.

"This is a very emotional experience for all of us," said Oscar Granger, president of the USS Midway Veterans Association.

Here for a reunion, veterans were given a behind-the-scenes look at the Combat Information Center exhibit.

"You know, we were the 19- and 20-year-olds who were in here taking the ship to war in Vietnam," Granger said.

For some, just seeing this part of the ship was something they couldn't do while on active duty.

"Most areas of the ship are restricted, so if you don't work there, you don't go there; so now we get to see all the things we never got to see," said Ken Radek, who served on the USS Midway between 1963 and 1966.

The Combat Information Center is one of the most sensitive areas on any Naval warship.

The USS Midway Museum has drawn more than a million people for the last two years.

By design, Mac McLaughlin, the president of the museum, said in remarks to the veterans, "It is a living monument; we are honored to represent you on a daily basis."

The Combat Information Center exhibit is still more than a year away from being open to the public.

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