Battle of Midway Brunch Focuses on Women Codebreakers

On 1 June, the Commandery’s Battle of Midway commemorative lunch was held at Everett Naval Station. Ten companions and spouses attended this annual event including Chuck Davis, Bill Boardman, John Gerten, Cindy and Joe Valenta, Floyd and Carol Kershener, John and Cricket Laible and Solon Webb (with the latter three via Skype). Floyd Kershner provided … More Battle of Midway Brunch Focuses on Women Codebreakers

For Midway Historians, Were the Broken Codes a Spilled Secret?

According to today’s Chicago Tribune, that newspaper’s “front page of June 7, 1942, was led by a report on the Battle of Midway that made evident the U.S. had cracked the Japanese naval code.”*  Read about why a grand jury failed to indict war correspondent Stanley Johnston or the Tribune’s then-managing editor for that disclosure. … More For Midway Historians, Were the Broken Codes a Spilled Secret?

Chief of Naval Operations Midway Remarks – 2017

In his remarks on June 2, 2017, Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, cited four “strokes of luck” in the Battle of Midway:  1. Breaking the code, 2. the presence of Yorktown, 3. Nautilus delaying Arashi and 4. McClusky finding the carriers. But he concluded that “It might be tempting to attribute the … More Chief of Naval Operations Midway Remarks – 2017

“Grading Midway’s Commanders”

As a wrap-up to last week’s 75th Anniversary recognition of the Battle of Midway, Naval History Magazine has just published a timely article titled “Grading Midway’s Commanders” by Jonathan Parshall, who begins: Which side received higher leadership marks on its Battle of Midway report card is no surprise, but the illuminating ‘why’ behind the grades … More “Grading Midway’s Commanders”