Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway (June 3-6, 1942), the crucial and decisive naval battle of World War II in the Pacific. The U.S. Navy's carrier-based naval aircraft destroyed four Japanese aircraft carriers, sank one heavy cruiser, damaged one heavy cruiser, and destroyed 248 aircraft.
The decisive use of aircraft carriers turned the tide of war in favor of America and changed American naval strategy, making the aircraft carrier the centerpiece of U.S. Navy fleet operations. To this day the aircraft carrier is the symbol of American presence and power around globe.
As we remember those who so bravely fought on this day 73 years ago, we must also remember the heroic efforts of our Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard workers who accomplished the almost impossible task of repairing the battle damaged USS Yorktown and getting the aircraft carrier ready to fight and underway on June 2 , 1942. Their story is posted today as special Battle of Midway Anniversary story in the NAVSEA Observer.https://navsea.portal.navy.mil/home/observer/SitePages/Article%20Viewer.aspx?itemId=790