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How Freshwater Turned The Tide At The Battle Of Midway

Despite the fact that the Battle of Midway took place upon the largest ocean on the planet, it was freshwater rather than saltwater that brought about the United States’ best chance for victory in the Pacific Theater.  RADM Edwin Thomas Layton shared this remarkable story in an oral history interview with the Nimitz Education and Research Center.

Admiral Nimitz’s Hope

On June 3, 1942 Admiral Nimitz received word that Japanese forces were close to Midway. He relayed this information to his carrier forces and added the dire warning, “That is not repeat not the enemy striking force—stop— That is the landing force. The striking force will hit from the northwest at daylight tomorrow.”


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