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Remembering Midway

lge Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:49 AM
A side issue, only tangentially related: I vividly remember Dan Rather stating that the Battle of Midway was also known as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," on his evening news show. (It was on the anniversary of ONE of those two battles.)
Original Saepe__Expertus Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 3:14 PM
LGE..Rather is INCORRECT in referring to Midway as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot." That event was about 2 years later. The Marianas Island chain, is about 15-20º North latitude....and almost 2880 miles WEST of Midway Island. ( The scale of the Pacific Ocean is...enormous!)
During that air battle, 19 June, 1944, the Japanese lost 346 plans and 2 carriers, compared to 30 Naval aircraft lost...and ONE US battleship sustained a bomb hit...which did not even stop her. [Source: The Two-Ocean War, by Admiral Samuel Elliot Morrison, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1963.]
Sword of Light Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 12:27 PM
But, lge, he doesn't have to know his history. Only the presidential candidates that he interviews need to.
The Battle of Midway, fought 70 years ago this week, was an extraordinary victory for the U.S. Navy and proved to be the strategic pivot in World War II's Pacific theater of operations.

During the three-day sea battle of early June 1942, a scant six months after Japan's devastating offensive strike on its fleet base at Pearl Harbor, the outnumbered USN sank four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers. Japan lost not only the carriers, but also their highly trained warship and aircraft crews, irreplaceable sailors and naval aviators with elite skills.

As the carrier hulls hit the bottom of the Pacific...