Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which is considered the turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Less than seven months after the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, an outnumbered and outgunned American fleet broke Japanese code and used the element of surprise to halt their march across the Pacific. Losses were heavy on both sides, but Japan lost the core of its aircraft carrier group, along with hundreds of aircraft and pilots.
Live coverage is scheduled to begin June 5 at 1:30 p.m. EDT from the museum ship USS Midway in San Diego.
At 2 p.m. EDT, coverage will switch to the Midway Atoll where the famed naval battle was fought.
Battle of Midway U.S. Marine Corps veterans retired Col. John F. Miniclier and retired Sgt. 1st Class Edgar R. Fox, who ultimately retired from the Army, will represent the handful of remaining survivors on the Midway Atoll. Chief Justin Culbertson – whose grandfather served in the Pacific during WWII as a crewmember aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) which was present at the battle – will present a wreath.
Join the Battle of Midway conversation on social media using #Midway75.
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Posted by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Friday, June 2, 2017