"The Jap had failed to get a foothold on Australia. Strategists reasoned that he would now strike east, at an outpost of the North American continent. Alaska became the No. 1 alert; bombers were flown to Midway; carriers came north and Admiral Nimitz pushed patrols far out toward the Bonins and Wake islands... A navy patrol found the enemy first, in the early hours of June 3 ... Reconnaissance showed a Jap force of about 80 ships approaching Midway."
- the contest that followed proved to be the first truly decisive battle in the Pacific war; it was the battle the spelled out for the Japanese command that it was the beginning of the end. The U.S. Navy lost one aircraft carrier to Japan's four; the Navy lost 307 men, the Japanese Navy 3,057. After the war it would be revealed that much of the Japanese naval code had been compromised.
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