In the fall of 1958 the Chinese Communists were shelling the offshore islands of Quemoy and
Matsu in the Formosa Straits. The aircraft carrier USS Midway and her task force was hurriedly
sent to the area to intercede on behalf of the Nationalist Govt. on Formosa. So began the long
hours of flight ops, battle stations and refueling. Midway had a new "fighting skipper", Capt. J.T.
Blackburn a WWII Corsair Ace and a "sailor's" captain and we knew we were in good hands for
the coming cruise into perilous waters. He always seemed to take the time to talk with the crew
as he prowled the flight deck and passageways of his ship. There are some great tales floating
around about our captain and I'm sure they will all surface when the Midway reunion takes
place. The crew would have followed him anywhere. I always felt it was a great privilege to
serve under him. Sadly he passed away in 1994.
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USS Midway on the prowl off Formosa Sept. 1958
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Midway refueling two of her escorting destroyers in the South China Sea
1958 - 1959 Far East Cruise jacket patches
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