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Enterprise

Thursday, June 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

Number of sailors in this log: 46

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 2c John Bates USN
ARM 3c David Berg USN
ARM 3c John Blundell USN
Ens John Brock USN
Ens John Butler USN
AMM 2c Milton Clark USN
RM 3c David Craig USN
RM 3c Grant Dawn USN
ARM 3c Gregory Durawa USN
Lt Arthur Ely USN
Ens James Eversole USN
ARM 2c Wilburn Glenn USN
Ens Eugene Greene USN
ACRM Charles Grenat USN
Ens Delbert Halsey USN
RM 2c Louis Hansen USN
AOM 3c Ernest Hilbert USN
Ens Flourenoy Hodges USN
Lt(jg) Randolph Holder USN
RM 3c Frederick Jeck USN

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