Although it was constructed as "bombproof", the large, white building reflecting off the moon was an easy target for the Japanese forces. On the evening of December 7, 1941, a five inch shell found its way in through a window opening and mortally wounded First Lieutenant George Cannon. He refused to be evacuated from his post until communications were re-established and his men, who had been wounded by the same shell, were evacuated. He directed the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed, and as a result of his utter disregard of his own condition he died from loss of blood. Lieutenant Cannon was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.
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During the breeding season, adult tropicbirds (see one pictured above over Midway lagoon) fly in a group around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.