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June 04, 2006

On This Day

June 4, 1942

The United States Navy defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Battle Of Midway effectively halting any further Japanese expansion.

On the morning of June 4, Admiral Nagumo launched his first strike with 108 aircraft, and did significant damage to U.S. installations at Midway. The Americans struck back time and again at Japanese ships, but accomplished little real damage, losing 65 of their own aircraft in their initial attempts. But Nagumo underestimated the tenacity of both Admiral Chester Nimitz and Admiral Raymond Spruance, commanders of the American forces. He also miscalculated tactically by ordering a second wave of bombers to finish off what he thought was only a remnant of American resistance (the U.S. forces had been able to conceal their position because of reconnaissance that anticipated the Midway strike) before his first wave had sufficient opportunity to rearm.

A fifth major engagement by 55 U.S. dive-bombers took full advantage of Nagumo's confused strategy, and sunk three of the four Japanese carriers, all cluttered with aircraft and fuel trying to launch another attack against what they now realized-too late--was a much larger American naval force than expected. A fourth Japanese carrier, the Hiryu was crippled, but not before its aircraft finished off the noble American Yorktown.

The attack on Midway was an unmitigated disaster for the Japanese, resulting in the loss of 322 aircraft and 3,500 men. They were forced to withdraw from the area before attempting even a landing on the island they sought to conquer.

From The History Channel Online

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"At 0255 on the morning of June 5, just bqarely able to digest the fact that his operation had gone from sure thing to sheeer diaster with the loss of four carriers, Yamamoto gave the order for his still powerful fleet to withdraw. Operation MI was over. When concerned officers wondered how the news would broken to the Emperor, he said "I'll appolgize to the Emperor myself."
- Walter J, Boyne, Clash of Titans

These were bold men, joat, on both sides of the equation. And most certainly worthy of our respect.

Posted by: spd rdr at Jun 4, 2006 6:20:30 PM

Very, very true Spd.
Almost all men like to think of themselves as brave and capable of doing heroic feats at critical times, but I often wonder just how we would stack up in the same situation.

I'd like to think that I could just carry on and do whatever was nessesary if I were in a similar situation.
Click the first link and follow all the others, then go to this link which gives you a more "human" account; http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq81-1.htm

Follow those links also.
This was a battle of Titans and both sides, as you said, deserve our respect.

One little slip up and it could have turned out differently.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at Jun 4, 2006 8:27:22 PM

""WASHINGTON — A 23-year-old sergeant with the Kentucky National Guard yesterday became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star — the nation's third-highest medal for valor —since World War II.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, who is from Nashville but serves in a Kentucky unit, received the award for gallantry during a March 20 insurgent ambush on a civilian convoy in Iraq. Two men from her unit, the 617th Military Police Company of Richmond, Ky., also received the Silver Star.



Iraq hero joins hallowed group
President Bush will present America's top award for bravery to the family of the sergeant who died defending his soldiers.
By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published February 2, 2005


[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Birgit Smith sits with her children David, 10, and Jessica, 18, at her home in Holiday after learning her husband will receive the Medal of Honor.
For a multimedia report on the story of Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, published as a special section in the Times last year, click here.

credit here]
Sgt. Paul Smith (right) is the first soldier from the Iraq war to get the medal, which hadn't been awarded since 1993.

Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who spent his boyhood in Tampa, became a man in the Army and died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will receive America's highest award for bravery


I think our current batch of soldiers does just fine.... They arn't perfect.. but soldiers arn't meant to be.. they kick doors and break things..

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Posted by: Joatmoaf at Jun 10, 2006 1:21:46 PM

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. As a former member of the military and somewhat of a history buff, I really appreciated finding and reading this posting about the battle of Midway.

Posted by: thebizofknowledge at Aug 15, 2006 9:38:17 AM