Archive for June, 2013

Jun 6

A Reunion in the Water, Part 2

Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:20 PM

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A Reunion In the Water, Part 2 E. R. “Bud” Quam on the Yorktown at Coral Sea and Midway by Ronald Russell  (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006) At the age of 15, young Bud Quam was severely injured in a hunting accident, and two years later he was nearly lost in a blizzard that inundated the area near his home town of Willmar, Minnesota. Consequently, when his 18th birthday rolled around in 1940, his parents had… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

A Reunion in the Water, Part 1

Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:19 PM

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A Reunion In the Water Peter L. Newberg on the Yorktown at Coral Sea and Midway by Ronald Russell  (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006) The small town of Willmar, Minnesota is rather unique with regard to the Battle of Midway, for it is the home town of three of its veterans who by chance all wound up on the same ship during the battle One of the three was Pete Newberg, who joined the Navy on his… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

Escaping the Yorktown

Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:18 AM

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Escaping the Yorktown Bryan A. Crisman by Ronald Russell (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006)  As an economics student at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940, Bryan Crisman was intrigued by a notice posted at the university’s school of finance. The solicitation from the U.S. Navy’s Supply Corps promised college graduates a commission in the Naval Reserve. That sounded fine to Bryan, so he signed up and found himself called to active duty only a few months… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Remembrance of a Rear-Seater

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:41 PM

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Remembrance of a Rear-Seater by CAPT N. J.”Dusty” Kleiss, USN-Ret 27 April 2007 Note: the following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable andwas a letter from VS-6 pilot “Dusty” Kleiss in response to a Roundtable member seeking information on her uncle. The subject is Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Thurman Swindell, who was killed in his SBD as it dove on the Kaga at Midway. * * * Tracy Lewis asked the Roundtable if it could give her more information about her great uncle Thurman Randolf Swindell, AOM1/c, who was KIA in the Battle of Midway. Tracy is interested… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Remembering Midway

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 2:21 PM

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REMEMBERING MIDWAY by Captain Roy P. Gee, USN-Ret (The following post was written for the Battle of Midway Roundtable, in 2003. Note: CAPT Roy P. Gee passed away on 28 DEC 2009)  Here I am, sitting at my computer, trying to recall the details of my involvement in a great naval battle that was fought 61 years ago. I’m 83 years old and as my recollections of combat fade, I seem to get braver and more heroic than I really ever was. I needed some help in remembering those long-ago events, so I’ve relied upon a letter that I wrote back in… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

A Vivid Memory of Midway

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:19 PM

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A Vivid Memory of Midway Commander Clayton E. Fisher, USN-Ret by Ronald Russell  (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006)  In September 1941, upon completion of pilot training advanced carrier training in Florida, Ensign Clayton E. Fisher was assigned to Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8) aboard the brand new carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) at Norfolk, Virginia. The ship was placed in commission in October, and for the next few months conducted shakedown and training operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean…. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Battle of #Midway Hangout

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:40 AM

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http:// The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) and U.S. Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO) hosted a panel discussion, 3 June 2013, on the Battle of Midway and it’s influence on U.S. Navy doctrine through the years and the role the Navy plays in the Pacific today. The panelists consisted of Moderator, Dr. Timothy Frances, NHHC; Mr. Robert Cressman, NHHC; CAPT Jeffrey S. Wolstenholme, OPNAV N3N5; Dr. Thomas C. Hone, author and former senior executive; and Mr. Karl Zingheim, USS Midway Museum Historian.  If you missed the live broadcast or would like to watch it again, please kick back and enjoy the informative discussion from this… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 4

Reading Yamamoto’s Mail

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 1:09 PM

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Reading Yamamoto’s Mail RADM D. M. “Mac” Showers, USN-Retired by Ronald Russell  (This post if from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006) In August 1940 Mac Showers joined the Naval Reserve while in his senior year at the University of Iowa, where he majored in journalism and political science. He was commissioned as a USNR ensign in September 1941 and commenced active duty with the 13th Naval District headquarters (Com 13) in Seattle. At Com 13 he was introduced to the world… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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