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  • The Battle of Midway

    12/01/2019 3:22:05 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 134 replies
    Various | December 1, 2019 | Self
    On Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived by Catalina flying boat to take command. He did not bring any staff with him. When the door opened, he was assailed by a poisonous atmosphere from black oil, charred wood, burned paint, and rotting flesh. The boat ride to shore engulfed the party in the panorama of sunken hulls and floating wreckage, punctuated by the bodies of dead sailors still surfacing from the blasted ships. He spent the first days learning everything he could about his new assignment and confirmed the publicÂ’s perception was wrong. The dry-docks, repair shops, and fuel...
  • Movie MIDWAY History Supplement - Video From US Naval War College Professor

    11/13/2019 10:51:45 AM PST · by gaijin · 66 replies
    US Naval War College & YouTube ^ | Nov. 13th, 2019 | historial Craig Symonds
    The newly-released movie Midway has generated some interest and a 150-post Freeper thread yesterday: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3793171/postsIn the video below a professor at the US Navy War College hits key info helping an viewer who choses to see this great movie. A key one that I'd read long ago but had not fully embraced: US damage control was considerably better than that of Japan. When Japanese pilots hit the USS Yorktown, they returned to their carriers joyous, "We have sunk a US carrier..!" Yet inside of an hour or so US damage control had bent Heaven & Earth to save her; the...
  • Midway 2019 #1 at the Box Office!

    11/11/2019 10:47:29 AM PST · by Calif Conservative · 161 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 11-10-2019 | Box Office Mojo
    Heading into the weekend we were anticipating a top ten that would deliver around $110 million, as it turns out the top ten currently falls just short of a combined $100 million as Lionsgate's Midway delivered a surprise #1 finish, topping WB's Doctor Sleep, which slipped to second and well below expectations. [...] At the top of the weekend box office is Lionsgate's Midway, finishing ahead of expectations with an estimated $17.5 million from 3,242 locations. The film also scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and should expect a strong performance over Veteran's Day tomorrow that should push...
  • Saw the Midway Movie yesterday...

    11/10/2019 5:56:14 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 96 replies
    10 Nov 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Very will done and presented. Was kind of disappointed the they didn't cover the Sinking of the USS Yorktown very much. Didn't really demonize any side (US OR Japanese) just showed Military Men doing their jobs. All in all at great movie. Really showed what war is really like.
  • ‘Midway’ celebrates heroism with an old-fashioned approach to the epic war drama

    11/09/2019 1:06:36 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov 8, 2019 | By KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC
    “Midway” is so square, so old-school and old-fashioned, it almost feels avant-garde. Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you don’t like that it really does not care. Though it’s appearing some 70 years after the epochal World War II battle it re-creates — and more than 40 years after a Hollywood film with the same name on the same subject — this “Midway,” as directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Wes Tooke, pays no attention to the notion that times have changed...
  • Just saw the movie Midway - Awesome movie !!

    11/08/2019 10:58:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 90 replies
    Nov 8, 2019
    Imagine, you know someone who doesn’t know anything about WW2, and you had to explain how the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor, the significance of Doolittle’s raid, the odds the US was up against the Japanese, how Intel helped us win the battle of Midway, and just how crazy, non-politically correct, and determined the Greatest Generation was - all in 2 hours. That’s the movie Midway in a nutshell.
  • Is anyone going to see the Midway Movie that is coming out Vets Day Weekend?

    10/27/2019 6:37:26 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 150 replies
    27 Oct 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Is so(or Not) Why?
  • The Battle of Midway

    06/04/2013 11:18:48 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 50 replies
    Self | June 4, 2013 | Self
    A Near-Run Victory at Midway Walter Lord and Gordon Prange considered Midway an incredible, miraculous victory. For Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, the battle doomed Japan. The calculated risks Chester Nimitz took required assembling all possible resources, and still left him with a three to one disadvantage in ships. To appreciate further this tenuous condition note the fate of four Army B-26 medium bombers rushed to Midway. Captain James Collins led the aircraft in torpedo attacks. The pilots had never seen or practiced with aerial torpedoes. They would now only practice takeoffs and landings. Those early B-26’s earned a reputation...
  • Code Breakers' Midway Role Recalled at Pensacola Ceremony

    06/05/2002 8:29:46 AM PDT · by jpthomas · 1 replies · 230+ views
    AP ^ | June 4, 2002 | Bill Kaczor
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Code breakers who played a crucial role in winning the first major U.S. victory of World War II were the focus of a ceremony Tuesday on the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Navy's Blue Angels punctuated the event by leaving a trail of white smoke over Corry Station Naval Air Technical Training Center where Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force cryptographers learn their craft. The work of their World War II predecessors in breaking a Japanese code made it possible for a smaller U.S. naval force to ambush an enemy fleet on...
  • Discovery of the Japanese Aircraft Carrier KAGA - Latest Footage

    10/23/2019 3:07:17 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/22/19 | Youtube
    A Group financed by the late Paul Allen is searching for sunken WW II ships. If you remember they found the Aircraft Carrier Lexington which was sunk in the battle of the Coral Sea. Now the group is attempting to located ships that were lost during the Battle of Midway. They have found the Kaga and more recently the Akagi. New Video of the Kaga on the ocean floor has been released. The ship is around 15,000 ft or more below surface. I find this type of thing fascinating just thinking of how many people on both sides are still...
  • Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

    10/21/2019 9:25:38 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 46 replies
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2019 | CALEB JONES
    MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc.'s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and say that its dimensions and location mean it has to be the carrier Akagi. The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water more than 1,300...
  • Midway: Second World War II-era Japanese carrier apparently found in Pacific (Akagi or Soryu)

    10/20/2019 9:39:51 PM PDT · by Signalman · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/19/2019 | Bradford Betz
    Deep-sea explorers and historians on Sunday announced they apparently found a second World War II-era Japanese aircraft carrier that sank during the Battle of Midway. A review of sonar data captured Sunday showed either the Japanese carrier Akagi or the Soryu resting in nearly 18,000 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said. The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship...
  • Scientists 'discover two more' of the seven warships lost in the Battle of Midway (TR)

    10/18/2019 11:10:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/2019 | Milly Vincent
    Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are investigating what they believe could be the third ship of seven lost to the Pacific during the Battle of Midway. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway between the United States and Japan, a research vessel is launching underwater robots miles into the abyss to look for warships from the famed Battle of Midway. Weeks of grid searches around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have already led the crew of the Petrel to one sunken warship, the Japanese ship the Kaga. This week, the crew is deploying...
  • War in the Pacific History Buffs - "Dauntless" Movie Trailer, YouTube

    06/09/2019 4:42:51 PM PDT · by gaijin · 37 replies
    YouTube, Bayou Pictures ^ | June 9th, 2019 | Author
    Bayou Pictures will be releasing a movie based on the Battle at Midway. I do not know when this great-looking movie will be released, but you should keep your eyes peeled. Below I'm pasting the IMDB blurb:. By June 1942, the Japanese Navy has swept across the Pacific. In an effort to change the course of the war, a United States carrier group is positioned off the coast of Midway, tasked with springing a trap on the enemy. During this pivotal battle, the two-man crew of a U.S. Navy dive bomber is forced to ditch in the sea. Set adrift,...
  • Battle of Midway - 77 Years Ago Today!

    06/04/2019 1:00:08 PM PDT · by JWashington69 · 43 replies
    Nice video of Japanese perspective on how 15 minutes changed the world.
  • The Importance of the Battle of Midway

    06/03/2019 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 99 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | September 12th 2013 | Tom Hone
    Why was Midway such a critical victory? First, the fact that the U.S. Navy lost just one carrier at Midway meant that four carriers (Enterprise, Hornet, Saratoga, and Wasp) were available when the U.S. Navy went on the offensive during the Guadalcanal campaign that began the first week of August 1942. Second, the march of the Imperial Japanese Navy across the Pacific was halted at Midway and never restarted. After Midway, the Japanese would react to the Americans, and not the other way around. In the language of the Naval War College, the “operational initiative” had passed from the Japanese...
  • World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time

    12/07/2018 11:31:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | Fri 7 Dec 2018 12.45 EST | Vivian Ho in San Francisco
    In sea mariner lore, an albatross is considered a good omen, and for almost seven decades, one bird has spread generations of blessings across the Pacific Ocean. Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross believed to be the world’s oldest known wild bird, has returned to her home at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for yet another winter – and laid yet another egg to add to the already impressive brood that she has built up over an impressive lifetime. Biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service think the almost-septuagenarian has birthed and raised as many as 36 chicks over...
  • Andy Mills, Battle of Midway survivor, dies at 103

    05/26/2018 4:21:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    sandiegouniontribune.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | John Wilkens
    That famous battle in June 1942 turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific. Mills was there, as chief steward aboard the doomed carrier Yorktown, playing a small but memorable role that spoke of character and determination — so much so that decades later a barracks at North Island Naval Air Station was named after him. Mr. Mills, a longtime San Diego resident, died last Friday at Mission Hills Health Care. He was 103. -snip In interviews, Mr. Mills said he and other blacks understood that they were under a microscope, watched by white people expecting them to fail. If...
  • USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years

    03/06/2018 6:11:05 AM PST · by George - the Other · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 6, 2018 | BBC News
    The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two has been found off the coast of Australia. The USS Lexington was found 3km (2 miles) underwater in the Coral Sea, about 800km off Australia's east coast. The ship was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought with Japan from 4-8 May 1942. More than 200 crew members died in the fighting. The US Navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
  • Unsealed 75 years after Battle of Midway: New details of alarming WWII press leak

    06/05/2017 4:00:36 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5 June 2017 | Michael E. Ruane
    ... an intriguing side story: "Navy Had Word of Jap Plan to Strike at Sea."It was a fascinating, and detailed, description of much of what American intelligence knew beforehand of the enemy's fleet and plans. Indeed, it was too detailed. The report - 14 paragraphs long - suggested a secret U.S. intelligence coup, and became one of the biggest and potentially damaging news leaks of World War II. "This is the only time in American history that the United States government has ... taken steps toward prosecuting a member of the media under the Espionage Act," The story went on...