During the 1940s, the Fort Lauderdale air station had 213 buildings, and Maloney trained on the Avenger torpedo bomber. All but one of the buildings was razed during the 1990s to allow for the expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The building where the museum is now housed was founded in 1979. It was moved to its current site west of the airport 20 years ago, the newspaper reported. It was built for $25,000 in 1942 and now is on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the National Register of Historic Places website, future President George H.W. Bush spent 10 weeks at the Fort Lauderdale training site in 1943 before shipping out as a pilot in the Pacific theater during World War II.
The museum brings back a flood of memories for Maloney, according to his daughter.
"This is where he wants to be every Veterans Day," Bolton told the Sun-Sentinel. "When I was a little girl, he was always talking about where his squadron was formed. He's just really, really happy to be here."
Maloney said he had two close calls while training.
"I can remember getting out of the plane and the meat wagon — that's what we called it — coming up," Maloney told the Sun-Sentinel. "The radioman and the pilot were still in the plane."
All three were injured but flew again.
Maloney never flew a mission overseas. His superiors told him they already had enough pilots and sent him to study mechanical engineering, the newspaper reported.
"If he had been a pilot, I probably wouldn't be here," Bolton told the Sun-Sentinel. "Who knows what would have happened."
Bolton surprised her father Sunday with a memorial brick in his name that joined the others in the garden outside the museum, the newspaper reported.
The old Navy veteran said he has one wish -- to return to the base next year.
"He was in a couple (of) planes that went down while he was training here," Bolton told the Sun-Sentinel. "He's lucky to be here. If he hadn't survived, I wouldn't be here either. So I'm lucky too."
Maloney has one wish: To return to his old stomping grounds next year.