Monday, June 04, 2007

Midway - 65 Years Later

"SBD "Dauntless" dive bombers from USS Hornet (CV-8) approaching the burning Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma to make the third set of attacks on her, during the Battle of Midway. Mikuma had been hit earlier by strikes from Hornet and USS Enterprise (CV-6), leaving her dead in the water and fatally damaged. Photo was enlarged from a 16mm color motion picture film. Note bombs hung beneath these planes."

Source: Wikipedia and

This evening I decided to throw the Midway DVD in the player. The battle was 65 years ago today and contained what was one of the most important 10 minutes of the twentieth century. Ens. George Gay had a front row on history while bobbing in the water after his plane was shot down. Thank God for those American Vets who helped to ensure our freedoms and lives.

For more on that momentous battle see Scylla & Charybdis. I only grazed the surface due to the fact that I was watching a movie (Midway) while writing most of this post.

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