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REMEMBERING the BATTLE of MIDWAY (1942)
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Vette Theater
Presenter: Dick Campbell
The Battle of Midway, which was fought on June 4-7, 1942 over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan’s Pacific Ocean war. Six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States defeated Japan at Midway in one of the most decisive naval battles of World War II. Because of major advances in code breaking, the U.S. was able to pre-empt and counter Japan’s planned ambush of the U.S. Naval forces, and then inflicting permanent damage on the Imperial Japanese Navy forces, thanks to the perseverance, sacrifice, and skill of U.S. Navy leaders and aviators during the battle. An important turning point in the Pacific campaign, the victory allowed the United States and its allies to move into an offensive position of combat.