In the course of 47 years of service, the USS Midway carried aviators, sailors, marines and a powerful idea: that freedom is worth defending and preserving at home and far out at sea. Together, their personal stories from missions of combat and hope aboard this iconic carrier remind us that her legacy endures — and that the spirit of service and sacrifice lives on in each of us. Watch the stories of six heroes in Midway’s new docuseries, United Stories of America, brought to you by USAA.

Captain John C. Ensch Captain John C. Ensch
Captain John C. Ensch

The combat missions seemed endless. First, he and his co-pilot shot down two North Vietnamese fighter jets only minutes apart...

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Captain James D. Reily, Jr. Captain James D. Reily, Jr.
Captain James D. Reily, Jr.

He was responsible for all the supplies aboard a floating city of 4,500 voracious young men. From eggs to pens to equipment weighing tons...

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Stephanie Dinh Stephanie Dinh
Stephanie Dinh

As Saigon collapsed around her, she and her family ran to a rescue helicopter destined for the USS Midway. Stephanie experienced firsthand...

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Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer
Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer

The shortest flight of his career was over in “10 or 15 seconds” — when a botched catapult launch dumped Herb Zoehrer's aircraft...

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray
Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray

He defied the odds to make sure that Navy aircrews could rely on their 75 planes during combat missions...

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Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee
Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee

The son of a fisherman, he was an enlisted man who “came up the hose pipe” to become Chief Warrant Officer aboard Midway...

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