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Official newsletter of the Battle of Midway Roundtable

 

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"To promote awareness and understanding of the great battle

and to honor the men who fought and won it."

 

2 March 2007.........ISSUE NO. 2007-06.........OUR 10th YEAR

 

 

 

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MEMBERS' TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE:

         The Battle of Midway Prayer

         The BOM's Most Influential Person 

         Mustin-Hornet Reunion

         Cruise to Midway, June 2007

         65th BOM Anniversary at Scott AFB, IL

         Collector Edition SBD Model

 

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The Battle of Midway Prayer

 

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31 Jan 2007

CAPT Stanford E. Linzey, CHC, USN-Ret    slinzey@juno.com

BOM vet, ship's band, USS Yorktown (CV-5)

Southern California

 

    Russ:  You have made the Roundtable Forum a beautiful piece of work, something we can all be proud of.  Thank you for your good work.  It is helpful to all of us.

    I am appreciative of the fact you have included THE MIDWAY PRAYER for the benefit of all.  I pray this prayer for any and all of the Midway functions in which I am involved.  It gives credit to all who were engaged in the great battle and for the Almighty who helped us.   It reminds us of who we are.  Anyone who wishes may feel free to use this prayer.  Again, thank you Russ.

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    Ed. note:  Chaplain Linzey's Midway invocation can be find on our web site under "Special Features" on the home page.

 

 

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The BOM's Most Influential Person

 

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2 Feb 2007

LCDR Otis G. Kight, USN-Ret    otiskight@cox.net

BOM vet, VF-42 flight deck crew, USS Yorktown (CV-5)

Virginia

 

      After reading about a dozen books on many aspects of the BOM (before, during and after), I'd be very curious as to the members' opinions on the following subject.  Give or take a dozen, who do you consider as the basic influence (both positive and negative) in winning the BOM, as well as the Pacific theater of WWII?

    Divide  the answer into two parts:  those "because of"  and those "in spite of."  Persons outside the area are included, such as "Monty,"  the Redman brothers, and others.

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    Ed note:  while these kinds of surveys and their results are explored in depth in Chapter 11 of No Right to Win, Otis adds a slightly new wrinkle by including those who should have played an important role in bringing about the American victory.  That is, the U.S. won in spite of what they did, not because of it.  Some obvious candidates come to mind, such as Marc Mitscher, Stanhope Ring, and Miles Browning.  Expanding the same theme into the entire Pacific war brings numerous additional choices, such as General MacArthur (in my opinion).  The Japanese had their own cast of characters who would qualify.  Send in your thoughts and we'll find out who wins this contest.

 

 

 

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Mustin-Hornet Reunion

 

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3 Feb 2007

Fred Branyan    lbranyan@aol.com

Pennsylvania

 

    The 2007 reunion will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, 12-14 April at the Best Western Governor's Suites.  Phone 800-422-8051.  April 12th is check-in, April 13th is a plantation tour for those with an interest, then a business meeting.  April 14th, a tour of the Clinton Library, then the banquet for all attendees.

    Point of contact is Jim Robinson at:  robinsonjimdee@aol.com

    Due to declining attendance and dues paying memberships, this may be the last one, but I am going to volunteer to host it in 2008 in either Norfolk or Philadelphia.

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    Ed. note:  USS Mustin (DD-413) rescued many of the Hornet's crew when it was sunk at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.  Veterans of the two ships have held a joint reunion for many years.

 

 

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Cruise to Midway, June 2007

 

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23 Feb 2007

CDR Ralph V. Wilhelm, USN-Ret    rkaiserw@webtv.net

BOM vet, SOC pilot, USS Portland (CA-33)

Southern California

 

    Princess Cruises has scheduled the Regal Princess to sail 20 days round trip from Los Angeles on a Hawaii and Midway anniversary cruise.  Departure Date is 28 May 2007.  Ports of call are Midway, Honolulu, Kona, Hilo, Maui, and Kauai.  All aboard?

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65th BOM Anniversary at Scott AFB, IL

 

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14 Feb 2007

CDR Robert Desrosiers, USN
Illinois

 

    U.S. Navy personnel at USTRANSCOM are planning a BOM commemoration, and we want to contact BOM vets in the southern Illinois/St.Louis, MO area (or any other BOM veteran who might desire to attend, or organizations).  Any help would be appreciated.

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    Ed. note:  BOM vets and others interested in this commemoration event are asked to contact CDR Raymond Beno at  Raymond.Beno@ustranscom.mil , or call 618-229-1045.  For more on USTRANSCOM, see http://www.transcom.mil/  This may be a good opportunity for BOM vets in the central states to participate in a 65th anniversary event without a lot of lengthy travel.

 

 

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Collector Edition SBD Model

 

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29 Jan 2007

William Reece    william_reece@ncsu.edu

North Carolina

 

    I thought you might want to post this:  http://www.militarytoyshop.com/   Admiral Toys has listed a 1/18th scale SBD-3 Midway model.  These are not 'toys' per se but collector type limited editions.  Most Wal-Mart stores have 1/18th scale 'models' in the toy aisle that rival detailed scale models.  The Corsair and Avenger are very nice.  I understand a Hellcat is coming as well.

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NEWS & INFO IN THIS ISSUE:

         The BOMRT On Five Continents

         PTs at Midway

         Forum Notes

 

 

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The BOMRT On Five Continents   (see issue #2007-04)

   

    I'm happy to discover that we can add an eleventh country, Ireland, to the tally of nations in which we have members currently on our roster.  Seattle, Washington expatriate and longtime Roundtable member Ken Martin has resided and worked there for over 20 years.  Ken is the nephew of VT-8 R/G ARM2c Hollis Martin, gunner for pilot Grant Teats.

    Are there any others?

 

 

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PTs at Midway   (see issue #2007-05)

   

    In the last issue of the Forum (Jan. 26th), I asked if anyone had any info about Midway's PT boats during the battle--how well they contributed to the AA defenses during the air attack on the atoll.  Before posting that question, I neglected to search what I've repeatedly said was my prime reference for the BOM, A Glorious Page in our History.  My copy is getting so dog-eared and marked up from heavy use that I may need to buy another one soon before the first one becomes unserviceable.

    That said, take a look at pages 64-68 in A Glorious Page for some excellent detail on Midway's PTs.  The description of the boats dashing about in the lagoon, shooting down at least one attacking plane, and generally creating such a ruckus that some of the Japanese pilots deliberately avoided that side of the atoll makes for an interesting study.

 

 

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Forum Notes

 

~    Regarding Dan Hamilton's review of Choices Under Fire by Michael Bess in the last issue, a few members reacted very critically to the author's apparent labeling of allied strategic bombing of Germany and Japan as "immoral" or an "atrocity" because of rampant civilian casualties.  Some offered articulate arguments as to why mass urban bombing was tactically and strategically necessary in WW2, and why it was less immoral than various atrocities perpetrated by the Axis powers.  Such messages would easily take up an entire issue of the Forum and doubtless carry over to subsequent issues, but that topic is outside the scope of what we deal with here on the Midway Roundtable.  Therefore, I haven't chosen to publish those messages even though they are very well crafted and doubtless express sentiments that most of us would acknowledge.

 

~    John Gardner reports that the current issue of Leatherneck magazine mentions a planned excursion to Midway for the 65th anniversary in June.  This is at least the third such tour that I've heard of, the others coming from the IMMF and the USFWS.  At last word, all are still tentative due to the difficulty in arranging air transportation.  Another option is the Princess cruise mentioned by Ralph Wilhelm above.  If anyone has more info on any of these opportunities, please pass the word.

 

~    For those who plan to attend the BOM's 65th anniversary commemoration in San Francisco on June 2nd, I recommend you make your hotel reservations at the Marines Memorial Club very soon if you plan to stay there.  The hotel should be quite full with both the BOM dinner and the USS Yorktown (CV-5) annual reunion going on at the same time.  To make your reservation, call 800-562-7463, then press 1 when you hear the options menu.  To get the special room rate, mention "Group Code Battle of Midway"  I'm told that BOM vets get an additional discount--be sure to mention it if that applies to you.  (Note that if you'll be there as part of the Yorktown reunion, you may have different lodging information and instructions--refer to your mailings from the CV-5 association.)

 

~    During my recent absence from the Roundtable while dealing with a tough family situation, many members sent me messages of encouragement and good cheer.  I'm deeply grateful for your kindness and consideration.  It's very gratifying to know that there are a lot of good friends present in this digital meeting hall.

 

 

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