United Stories of America

We’re sharing amazing stories from the world’s longest serving aircraft carrier.

For more than a decade, she was the largest ship in the world. Now, the USS Midway Museum is America’s most popular warship museum. This month, Loma debuts Season 4 of “United Stories of America,” a docuseries chronicling Midway’s epic adventures during 47 years of service.

Episode 1, “Ringside Seat,” takes viewers into the thick of the action with young Rudy Matz at the most decisive naval action of World War II. His story frames an equally fascinating tale about how USS Midway got its name.

The six-part series is sponsored by Wargaming.net’s World of Warships, a popular action MMO that plunges players into intense naval combat.

“All of us at Loma are excited to support the incredible team aboard Midway,” says Loma Media principal John DeBello, who serves as the series lead writer and director. “Working with the USS Midway Museum over the past decade, we have been deeply impressed by both the legacy and ongoing mission of America’s Living Symbol of Freedom.”

This season features compelling and inspiring stories of courage and sacrifice as told by those who experienced them. Episodes include:

OPERATION FROSTBITE: The Cold War gets colder. The end of World War II saw the specter of global conflict loom. When America decided to test the nation’s Arctic warfare capabilities, Midway led the charge.

OPERATION SANDY: Sparking the space age on a flight deck. In 1947, a captured Nazi V-2 rocket was launched from Midway’s flight deck to test the feasibility of firing long-range missiles from ships at sea. It was a ‘heart in throat’ moment no one present would ever forget.

SURVIVING THE HANOI HILTON: A unique legacy of courage. In their own words, the story of five remarkable men representing the 179 naval aviator prisoners of war during the Vietnam War who fought bravely and endured captivity in defense of their nation.

THE MONTH OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY: From ripcord to rescue. Navy fighter pilot Paul Ilg’s world went from ordinary to extraordinary when a Vietnam combat mission became a test in sheer survival. His comrades aboard Midway would somehow find a way to provide this story with a proper ending.

INSIDE OPERATION FREQUENT WIND: With those who lived the legend. Midway played a leading role in the miraculous operation that saved thousands of people at the end of the Vietnam War. Navy Capt. Lawrence Chambers, Midway’s commanding officer, and those he rescued remember the dramatic day that changed their lives forever.