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Remembering Midway

June 9, 2012

HONOLULU (June 4, 2012) Joint Service Navy and Marine Corps color guard display the colors at the USS Arizona Memorial during a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth/Released)

World War II veterans, civilian guests, sailors, Marines, airmen and National Park Service officials salute during the playing of the national anthem, June 4, 2012, at the USS Arizona Memorial during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. — at Pearl Harbor Memorial.

Joint Service Navy and Marine Corps Color Guard parade the colors on the USS Arizona Memorial. World War II veterans, sailors, Marines, and airmen assigned to Military bases on Hawaii gathered at the USS Arizona Memorial, June 4, 2012, for a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

Sailors, Marines, and airmen assigned to Military bases on Hawaii gathered at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 4, 2012, for a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

ORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 4, 2012) World War II veteran Robert McKinley and Capt. Chuck Hollingsworth, chief of staff for the Chief of Naval Air Training, release a memorial wreath from the hangar bay of the USS Lexington Museum to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. McKinley was on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise during the battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Richard Stewart/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (June 6, 2012) Master Chief Scott Knorowski, command master chief of Naval Air Facility Misawa, left, stands in ranks alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors from Ominato Naval Base during a Battle of Midway remembrance ceremony. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which is often regarded as a critical turning point in the Pacific during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (June 5, 2012) Sailors, veterans and spectators fill the the National Naval Aviation Museum’s atrium at a Battle of Midway commemoration. (U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Nichols/Released)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (June 4, 2012) Petty Officers 1st Class Gomecindo Rodriguez, left, and Luke Rohrer carry a wreath to be placed at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton flag pole while taps is played during the hospital’s 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick/Released)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 4, 2012) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 commemorate the Battle of Midway on its 70th anniversary and bow their heads in reverence as Lt. j.g. Brian E. Myers, from New London, Ohio, says a prayer in honor of those Sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway. The battle, which took place June 4-7 in 1942, is regarded as a critical turning point in the Pacific during World War II. Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11, homeported in Gulfport, Miss., is deployed to Afghanistan to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations, Afghan National Army partnering and detachment of units in combined and joint operations area, Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (June 4, 2012) Army Sgt. (ret.) Allen Bodenlos, a Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Arizona memorial during a wreath laying ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco/Released)

MIDWAY ATOLL (June 4, 2012) An albatross crosses the Battle of Midway National Monument at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. More than 100 people, including American World War II veterans, arrived to attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the Midway atoll, approximately 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, represents the strategic high water mark and turning point of the Pacific war. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

MIDWAY ATOLL (June 4, 2012) American World War II veterans at the Battle of Midway National Memorial are honored during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the Midway atoll, approximately 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, represents the strategic high water mark and turning point of the Pacific war. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham/Released)

WASHINGTON (June 04, 2012) Sailors and Marines attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway was the turning point in the Pacific War and set the stage for the United States to win the Second World War. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona Miller/Released)

BOSTON HARBOR (June 4, 2012) USS Constitution gets underway for her first turnaround cruise of 2012. The underway commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and recognized members of the Wounded Warrior Project. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. She defended the sea lanes against threat from 1797 to 1855, much like the mission of today’s Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney/Released)

Scene on board USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942. Dense smoke is from fires in her uptakes, caused by a bomb that punctured them and knocked out her boilers.
Taken by Photographer 2rd Class William G. Roy from the starboard side of the flight deck, just in front of the forward 5″/38 gun gallery. Man with hammer at right is probably covering a bomb entry hole in the forward elevator. Note arresting gear cables and forward palisade elements on the flight deck; CXAM radar antenna, large national ensign and YE homing beacon antenna atop the foremast; 5″/38, .50 caliber and 1.1″ guns manned and ready at left.
This view forms a panorama with Photo # 80-G-312019.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives Collection.

Burning oil tanks on Sand Island, Midway, following the Japanese air attack delivered on the morning of 4 June 1942.
These tanks were located near what was then the southern shore of Sand Island. This view looks inland from the vicinity of the beach. Three Laysan Albatross (“Gooney Bird”) chicks are visible in the foreground. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

USS Hammann (DD-412) sinking with stern high, after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168 in the afternoon of 6 June 1942. Photographed from the starboard forecastle deck of USS Yorktown (CV-5) by Photographer 2nd Class William G. Roy. Angular structure in right foreground is the front of Yorktown’s forward starboard 5-inch gun gallery.
Note knotted lines hanging down from the carrier’s flight deck, remaining from her initial abandonment on 4 June. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives Collection.

nsign George H. Gay at Pearl Harbor Naval Hospital, with a nurse and a copy of the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” newspaper featuring accounts of the battle. He was the only survivor of the 4 June 1942 Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) TBD torpedo plane attack on the Japanese carrier force. Gay’s book “Sole Survivor” indicates that the date of this photograph is probably 7 June 1942, following an operation to repair his injured left hand and a meeting with Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives Collection.

USS Yorktown (CV-5) is hit on the port side, amidships, by a Japanese Type 91 aerial torpedo during the mid-afternoon attack by planes from the carrier Hiryu, 4 June 1942. Photographed from USS Pensacola (CA-24). Yorktown is heeling to port and is seen at a different aspect than in other views taken by Pensacola, indicating that this is the second of the two torpedo hits she received.
Note very heavy anti-aircraft fire. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.

USS Yorktown (CV-5) is abandoned after receiving damage from two Japanese aerial torpedoes, 4 June 1942. Destroyers at right are picking up survivors. The most distant of the two destroyers is USS Balch (DD-363). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu maneuvers to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped during a high-level attack by USAAF B-17 bombers, shortly after 8AM, 4 June 1942. U.S. Air Force Photograph.

Crew of U.S. Army Air Force First Lieutenant James Muri’s B-26, who made a torpedo attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier during the early morning of 4 June 1942. The plane had more than 500 bullet holes when it landed at Midway following this action.
1st. Lt. Muri is second from left, in the front row. U.S. Air Force Photograph.

Crew of the Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44) PBY-5A “Catalina” patrol bomber that found the approaching Japanese fleet’s Midway Occupation Force on the morning of 3 June 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

 

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