June 4, 1917 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the three-day naval battle that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific in favor of the United States and set the stage for the unconditional surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945.
"The Battle of Midway is a testament to the courage and ingenuity of the American Navy," says Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI. "On this 75th anniversary of one of the greatest naval battles in history, it is important that we take time to remember the heroism, sacrifices, and dedication of the sailors and airmen who were the keys to its success and American victory in the Pacific."
Japan's plan to establish dominance in the Pacific theater was based on the elimination of the United States as a maritime power in the region and the establishment of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, in charge of the Imperial Japanese Navy, believed that American carriers were the primary threat to Japanese intentions, and hatched a strategy to ambush and destroy the fleet. Believing American forces were demoralized by the attack on the Pearl Harbor and weakened by the damage to the then state-of-the-art carrier USS Yorktown, the Admiral planned to lure the fleet of American carriers to a small atoll and launch a devastating ambush.