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The U.S. Navy hits back, hard. An amazing story.

 
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Thank you for reminding us. We forget that turning point in the Pacific War. Japan’s Navy was never the same, and they lost more pilots in the Solomons. We went on to build the finest fast-carrier forces the world has seen. Was just reading about Leyte Gulf.

Saburo Sakai’s book, Samurai, provides an amazing first-hand account of how their airpower slid into the abyss during the Solomons campaign after Midway; the pilots only heard about the disaster indirectly. He was one of the few aces who survived the war, and returned to service in 44 with one eye missing after an Avenger bottom gunner (his version; in some accounts a Dauntless tail-gunner) nearly got him over Tulagi.
 

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It was a great victory, but you still have to recognize that it was followed by Guadacanail, Bougenville, Pelieu, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and many other battles. If we had not broken the Japanese code Midwy might have turned out different;y. If we had not won at Midway we might not have won all those g round battles in the time frame wed did. If we had not won all those battles we might not have been able to drop the atomic bombs if You consider that the Japanese got of to a good start against the US in WWII, it becomes clear that a good start does not win wars. It is the good finish that ends wars, and all the stops I between the beginning and the end are as important as any Other step.
 

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Thanks for the reminder! Amazing history of the sacrifice of that generation. The beginning of a major struggle for freedom.
 
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