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Release No: 155-97
April 03, 1997

NAVY TRANSFERS MIDWAY ISLAND

The U.S. Navy, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will celebrate the dedication of the historic island of Midway as a National Wildlife Refuge today, April 3, at 4 p.m. during a ceremony on the island. Participating in this historic event will be Secretary of the Navy John Dalton, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Bonnie Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William Cassidy, and Fish and Wildlife Service Director John Rogers.

Located about 1,250 miles northwest of Honolulu, Midway is best known for the historic Battle of Midway during World War II. Today remnants of Midway's role in history are interspersed amidst millions of migratory seabirds that come to the atoll to nest . Under Navy jurisdiction since 1903, the island now falls under the Fish and Wildlife Service and for the first time in more than 50 years is open to the public.