The USS Midway was built in the Newport News Shipyards in Virginia. While it was launched in March of 1945, it was not commissioned until 10 September 1945, after the surrender of Japan. Their maiden voyage was a trip from the Newport News Shipyard to the Norfolk Navy Yard. On November 7, 1945 they departed Norfolk for their shakedown cruise in the Caribbean. The ship served throughout the Cold War, first conducting combat operations in the Vietnam War.
The following can tell you more. In addition to the website there have also been several books published about the ship.
For information about the USS DeLong see the following.
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Forgot to mention this last time: You can request your father's military service record using the procedures outlined here: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
You are fortunate in that US Navy service records were not affected by the 1973 fire, so his should be intact. Hopefully they can fill in any blanks you might have in terms of what units and ships he was assigned to, to include his service during the Korean War.
Thank you very much for your effort and valuable information. I truly appreciate your responses and want to make that clear.
Dear Mr. Whitty,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
In addition to the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for your father that Mr. Andrew recommended that you request, the National Archives also has a number of records related to the USS Midway and USS DeLong. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes the deck logs of the USS Midway (CVB-41/CVA-41) beginning with its commissioning date on 10 September 1945. The series also has deck logs for the USS DeLong (DE-684) deck logs for 1960 through 1961. If you can identify additional ships that your father served on using his OMPF, the Navy deck logs will be in the same series. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located a file for the USS Midway in the record series titled Precommissioning Training Files, 1944 - 1946 within the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Record Group 181). This series relates to training given to the ship's crew prior to assignment to a newly commissioned vessel. If your father was assigned to the USS Midway prior to its commissioning, he may have participated in this training. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Boston (RE-BO) via email at email@example.com.
The Naval History and Heritage Command may have additional information concerning the activities of these ships and any other naval units to which your father was assigned.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!