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War Movie Midway, 2019

MOVIE REVIEW: “Midway” (2019) directed by Ronald Emmerich

Last night, film critic and aviation enthusiast Nathan Cragun, finally got to see the war movie Midway which was released a day earlier on November 8, 2019! I was super hyped about it and many people contacted me asking for a completely honest review, so here goes. The Good: Uniform and equipment accuracy was absolutely …

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USS Sable (IX-81) underway on the Great Lakes, June 1945.

The Aircraft Carrier Legacy of Lake Michigan

America’s entry into World War II dramatically increased the ranks of naval aviators, correspondingly expanding the requirement for instruction in operating from an aircraft carrier. Carrier qualification previously took place on board frontline ships, but with the threat of German and Japanese submarines in both the Atlantic and Pacific, the Navy looked to Lake Michigan …

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More than 200 “extras” in period dress on location on Fords Island during the filming of “Midway” in September 2018. (U.S. Navy/Dave Werner)

Upcoming War Movie Midway takes war in the Pacific seriously

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – This Veterans Day, moviegoers everywhere can witness the most pivotal Pacific battle in World War II: “Midway.” The production reminds viewers just how precariously America’s future teetered in the early 1940s, and what cost, sacrifice and luck was required to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The …

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RV Petrel discovers the IJN Flagship AKAGI and Aircraft Carrier KAGA

The Japanese aircraft carrier IJN Kaga, part of the six-fleet carrier that launched planes that attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, has been discovered by RV Petrel on October 18th and just a few hours ago RV Petrel announced the discovery of the Japanese Flagship Akagi. The Akagi was found circa 18 nm from the Kaga. …

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The First Battle of Midway on December 7, 1941

If you’ve studied World War II at all then you’ve heard about the famous Battle of Midway, one of the turning points of the war in the Pacific. Barely six months after Pearl Harbor, following a nearly uninterrupted string of Japanese victories, the US Navy sank four Japanese Aircraft Carriers and a heavy cruiser for …

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Ben Affleck to direct and star in new World War II Movie “Ghost Army”

Ben Affleck, known for his roles in Pearl Harbor; Justice League, Suicide Squad etc., will be directing and starring in the upcoming World War II movie “Ghost Army”, which is based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II” by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army”. Synopsis …

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Two Brothers Killed on the USS Oklahoma are Finally Accounted For

The DPAA has announced that two US Navy brothers, Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer and Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer, who were killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbour on December 7th, 1941, were finally accounted for on March 19, 2019. On December 7, 1941, Japanese carrier-based aircraft launched …

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Matthew Ridgway and Bill Moorman – Jump Buddies during World War II

Bill Moorman was a close associate and confidant of Matthew Ridgway throughout WWII and the rest of their careers. Ridgway and Moorman attended the USMA together. Moorman was the Division Signal Officer at the start of World War II and was later promoted to the Division G-4 on D-Day, 7 June 1944, when the original …

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