The Battle of Midway Roundtable
U.S. Personnel Killed or Wounded at Midway
(Updated 7 June 2012)
We have two comprehensive sources of information on American battle casualties in the BOM. The first was provided by Shattered Sword co-author Jon Parshall, and consists of a listing developed by Japanese researcher Hisae Sawachi in 1986. The list is in PDF format, and you can open from the link below.
Sawachi’s list contains a mixture of Japanese and English text, so here’s a guide on reading the data. Note the following example, with Japanese characters represented by #:
Waldron, John C. LCDR ### ### 21 # 11 # 41 # 9 #
The underlined Japanese characters above indicate the individual’s squadron. If he was not a pilot or aircrewman, you’ll see an “x” there. Continuing along the line, Waldron had 21 years and 11 months of service, and was 41 years and 9 months old when he died.
Here are the contents of the PDF file by page number:
1 – 3 USS Yorktown
4 – 5 USS Hornet (includes TBF detachment on Midway)
6 – 7 USS Enterprise
7 – 9 USS Hammann
10 USS Benham
10 – 11 Navy personnel, Midway
11 – 12 Marines, Midway
13 Marines, USS Hornet (Dan Sheedy crash)
13 – 15 AAF (includes Gen. Tinker’s flight on June 7th)
CLICK HERE for the Sawachi list.
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The second resource may be even more comprehensive list than the one above, but it’s not available for on-line publishing. We can still make use of it, though. If anyone has a question about a known or possible casualty at Midway that’s not answered in the Sawachi list, send an e-mail inquiry to email@example.com and you’ll get a reply based on all the info that we have from any source.
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