70 Years Later: Remembering the Battle of Midway

70 Years Later: Remembering the Battle of Midway

by Levi Newman on June 4, 2012


Veterans all over the nation are gathering today to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the Battle of Midway.

 

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Midway. It is widely regarded as one of the most important naval battles of all time, marking the turning point of American military power in the Pacific during World War II.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese devised a plan to finish off the weakened American Navy by attacking the U.S. naval base at Midway and drawing the remaining ships into a trap. What they didn’t know was that American cryptologists had already managed to intercept and break the Japanese communication codes, which gave them the time and place of the planned attack. It was Fleet Commander Admiral Chester Nimitz that used the opportunity to set a trap of his own.

Even with the advance preparation, U.S. forces found themselves outnumbered 4-to-1, with fewer experienced pilots and less maneuverable planes.  Still, by the end of the battle three days later, the Japanese had lost four aircraft carriers, 291 planes and 4800 men, while the U.S. had only lost one carrier, 145 planes and 307 men. This defeat proved so devastating for the Japanese Navy that it was unable to fully recover and remained on the defensive for the remainder of the war.

Today we would like to take a moment to remember those who fought and died to preserve our way of life, and to give thanks for their bravery and sacrifice.

Photo courtesy of Official U.S. Navy Imagery.  

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Jack Tanner June 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

The U S NAVY is still THE GREAAAAAAAAAAATEST Military Force on the planet and is ALWAYS PROTECTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES.

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Robin Mavis June 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

We should remember today for those who gave their lives for our freedom. Veterans daily are housed and taken care of in our VA hospitals. A number of these vets have little or no family to visit its great to recognize them it is another to truly appreciate them.

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Ron June 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

My father in law was one of the last survivors to depart the USS Lexington. He paid until his passing.

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Gaurav July 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I was an Electronics Technician onboard from 82-84 and 86-88. I had both good and bad times on the Midway, but it has tuernd out to be the only ship out of 7 that I served on that I care to remember. I checked onboard for the first time the day I tuernd 21, and left for the last time the day I tuernd 27. Saw it in Bremerton for a COC ceremony in ~95, it looked terrible, but I visited Midway as a museum in 2010 and I started to tear up almost immediately, it looked how I remembered it. Good job!

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