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Title Print: "Go In and Get a Hit"
Accession Number 1995.162
Description 30 X 23 inch print of George Gay in Battle of Midway. This is signed by: G. Gay to John Gibson. Some water damage to lower boarder.
Notes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper quoted him as saying he found himself "cheering and hollering wih every hit" as he floated in the ocean. Despite the fate of Gay's squadron, Japan's Imperial Navy lost three carriers in the battle and never fully recovered.
After World War II Gay was discharged as a lieutenant and worked as a TWA pilot for 30 years, flying from 1947 until he retired at the age of 60 in 1977. He also made about one speech a month to civic groups around the country, retelling his Middway experiences and calling for greater U.S.military preparedmess/ He accepted only his expenses as payment.
A native of Texas, Gay lived on Long Island, New York, and later in Naples, Florida. He finally moved to Atlanta because of the convenient air routes for speaking engagements.
Object ID 1995.162.05