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Enterprise (CV-6)
6/4/1942
The Battle of Midway

The morning of June 4, 1942, dive bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown, found the Japanese carrier force northwest of Midway Island and attacked the carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu, inflicting mortal damage on all three carriers. Though only four of fourteen torpedo plane crews would return from this strike, VB-6 and VS-6 would destroy three Japanese carriers. The men and officers in VT-3, VT-6 and VT-8 knew they were flying obsolete planes, knew about the deadly Zero, knew the powerful force they were taking on and, probably to a man, knew that death was a likely outcome. But they were also professionals, and when they found the Japanese, they pressed their attack with skill and determination. They pressed in to within a few ship-lengths of their targets before dropping their torpedoes. They pressed in close enough to strafe the enemy ships and kill, close enough to force the enemy carriers to make sharp evasive maneuvers, close enough to clearly see the warplanes spotted on the flight decks, preparing to strike at their own carriers. Perhaps only a few planes survived, but the ones that did presented a credible threat.

Lost At Sea Log:

Records 1-20 of 46  
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Name   
Branch
RM 2c John H. Bates
USN
ARM 3c David D. Berg
USN
ARM 3c John M. Blundell
USN
Ens John W. Brock
USN
Ens John C. Butler
USN
AMM 2c Milton W. Clark
USN
RM 3c David B. Craig
USN
RM 3c Grant U. Dawn
USN
ARM 3c Gregory J. Durawa
USN
Lt Arthur V. Ely
USN
Ens James Hedges Eversole
USN
ARM 2c Wilburn F. Glenn
USN
Ens Eugene A. Greene
USN
ACRM Charles T. Grenat
USN
Ens Delbert W. Halsey
USN
RM 2c Louis D. Hansen
USN
AOM 3c Ernest L. Hilbert
USN
Ens Flourenoy G. Hodges
USN
Lt(jg) Randolph M. Holder
USN
RM 3c Frederick C. Jeck
USN