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MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Dilapidated buildings built by the Commercial Pacific Cable Co. lie in ruin on Midway.
Birds find shade in the abandoned galley that once served hundreds of thousands of meals to military members and their families. Midway is home to 21 species of birds, including more than 1 million Laysan albatross, or gooney birds.
MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER 5. The Power Plant/Command Post is now off-limits. First Lt. George Cannon, who was killed here on Dec. 7, 1941, was the first U.S. Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.
MIKE DAAK / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER The Midway Fuel Pier is now abandoned. Rebar hangs from the bottom of the pier.
MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Four of Midway’s five “cable buildings” used to send the first “around the world” cable message in 1903 will be demolished.
MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Water rushes over a sea wall near the runway. The wall was damaged during the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
MIKE DAAK / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Midway’s shuttered galley has been left to the elements.
MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER 2. The World War II-era seaplane hangar stands in disrepair. It was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, and again during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
MIKE DAAK / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
MARCO GARCIA/STAR ADVERTISER Dilapidated homes and buildings built by the transpacific cable company workers lay in ruin, Monday, June 4, 2012 on Midway Atoll. (Photo by Marco Garcia/Star Advertiser)