Battle of Midway Commemorated on USS Slater in Albany – By Sandy McBride

The Battle of Midway took place on June 3, 1942, and was the first significant American victory in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  Just six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States of America into war with Japan, our Pacific Fleet had only three duty-ready aircraft carriers with support craft and a limited number of pilots, planes and provisions.  Yet the US Navy took on a superior Japanese force at Midway Atoll and defeated them soundly.

It was a turning point for the United States, and each year for 71 years, that victory is remembered throughout the nation.

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