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U.S. Navy commemorates 70th anniversary of Battle of Midway

Date Posted: 2012-06-08

The U.S. Navy marked the Battle of Midway this week, on the 70th anniversary of the June 4th ~ 7th battle that sank four Japanese aircraft carriers and set the stage for American strategic power in the region.

Only six months after the disastrous attacks on Pearl Harbor by Japanese planes, the Japanese navy sent the four aircraft carriers to the miniscule pacific Midway atoll with the objective of decimating the remainder of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Unknown to the Japanese, their communications codes had been cracked by American cryptologists, giving Fleet Commander Admiral Chester Nimitz details of where the Japanese were.

On the first day of the three-day battle, the four carriers were sunk. Admiral Cecil Haney, the current Pacific Fleet commander, flew the 1,300 miles from Hawaii to Midway to mark the 70th anniversary. He and Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, paid homage to the efforts of combat intelligence teams and the heroics of dive bomber pilots for the massive victory for America’s Navy.

The U.S. was outnumbered 4-to-1, Japanese pilots were thought to have more experience, and Zero fighter planes were more nimble than American planes and could outmaneuver them. Still, America’s efforts were successful, losing only one carrier, 145 planes and 307 men in the Battle for Midway. The Japanese lost a heavy cruiser in addition to the four carriers, 291 planes and 4,800 men.

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