Wednesday Aug 17 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM McCloud’s Grill House Special Navy History Presentation
The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. A local Naval Historian describes how the US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.