75th anniversary of Battle of Midway marked in San Diego

AP News
Posted: Jun 05, 2017 2:32 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway are underway in San Diego aboard a retired U.S. Navy aircraft carrier named for the clash.

A small group of survivors of the June 1942 battle, all in wheelchairs, received a standing ovation Monday aboard the USS Midway, which is now a museum in San Diego Bay.

The battle marked a dramatic victory over the Japanese and helped turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific.

It occurred as Japanese forces were attacking U.S. forces on a small Pacific atoll roughly halfway between the U.S. West Coast and the eastern edge of Asia.

American warplanes sank four Japanese aircraft carriers while the U.S. Navy lost one carrier.