These 5-inch guns fit the bolt pattern found at Batteries A and C and may have been stationed there. Over the years, plaques and historical site markers have been added to the memorial site.
The wooden gooney bird carving was produced in 1972 from a 30-foot mahogany log by a navy dentist, Lieutenant Commander Robert C. Cook, who was stationed on Midway. Unfortunately, termite damage was too extensive and the big gooney was removed from the site. The 12-foot bird stood as a central attraction in the memorial for 40 + years.
Both the 5 inch guns fired by the Marines and the giant gooney statue paid tribute to the resilience of the defenders of Midway and its native inhabitants respectively.
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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.