On Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will mark the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Midway with a symposium.
Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States defeated Japan in one of the most decisive naval battles of World War II. Major advances in codebreaking allowed the United States to surprise the Japanese with a surprise attack before they could initiate their planned ambush of U.S. aircraft carriers. Instead, the Americans sank four fleet carriers–the entire strength of the task force–Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu, with 322 aircraft and over 5,000 sailors. The Japanese also lost the heavy cruiser Mikuma. American losses included 147 aircraft and more than three hundred seamen. The USS Yorktown CV-5 was sunk by a torpedo after the major fighting of the battle had ended.
More details about this symposium will be released as they are finalized.