Archive for the 'Battle of Midway' Category

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

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 »

 
Jun 4

Stealing the Enemy’s Secrets

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:34 AM

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Stealing the Enemy’s Secrets Lt. Commander Philip H. Jacobsen, USN-Ret by Ronald Russell  (This 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) Upon graduation from high school in 1941, Phil Jacobsen knew that he wanted a career in radio electronics, but there was no money in his family for college. He turned to the Navy as a training resource, and succeeded in getting into radio school after boot camp. Freshly trained in radio operation, equipment maintenance, and message handling procedures, his class… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 4

Navy Cryptology and the Battle of Midway: Our Finest Hour

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:00 AM

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  Navy Cryptology and the Battle of Midway: Our Finest Hour A special feature of the BATTLE OF MIDWAY ROUNDTABLE by LCDR Philip H. Jacobsen, USN-Ret  (Editor’s note: the following is the text of an address given by LCDR Jacobsen to a gathering of Naval Security Group personnel at San Diego in 2000. It has been edited slightly for clarity and to better suit this format.) The Advent of U.S. Naval Cryptology  Although my part in the Battle of Midway was very small, I appreciate this opportunity to relate to you some of the more important achievements of my contemporary… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 3

Synopsis of the Battle of Midway (3-7 June 1942)

Monday, June 3, 2013 8:35 AM

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Those who have only a casual knowledge of the Second World War might know little more about the Battle of Midway than the fact that it was an important American victory in the Pacific Theater. After all, the war had countless major battles, and a great many of them involved far more men and arms than fought at Midway. A tally of the forces engaged and lost there, pales to insignificance in the face of the much larger battles later in the war, particularly in Europe. But in fact, the Battle of Midway was one of the most important battles… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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