Wednesday, June 04, 2008

66th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway

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The deck of the USS Yorktown after being hit by three Japanese bombs on June 4, 1942
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Dauntless Divebomber from the USS Hornet approach the urning Japanese cruiser Mikuma for the third set of attacks June 6, 1942
Jap Cruiser Mikuma, Midway, 6 Jun 42
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The Japanes cruiser Mikuma after being bombed by the guys above

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Midway. The WWII Pacific battle over the tiny island of Midway was a major turning point in the Pacific Theater of WWII and was likely one of the most important events of the twentieth century. Ensign George Gay (the link is to a long an informative interview done during the war) had a ringside seat after his Douglas Devastater Torpedo Bomber was shot down. The classic Hollywood take on the battle Midway, starring Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda (plus just about every male lead in Hollywood at the time) is fantastic and well worth watching.
Chicago's Midway Airport is named after the Battle of Midway and Chicago's O'Hare Airport is named after Congressional Medal of Honor winner Edward "Butch" O'Hare.

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