Ellen Sandor, Fernando Orellana, TJ McLeish, Pete Latrofa, Jack Ludden, Nichole Maury, Todd Margolis, Mike Kosmatka, Janine Fron and Stephan Meyers
Special acknowledgement to Ed Fox, all of the Battle of Midway veterans, historians, friends, and members of the Internet's Battle of Midway Roundtable, who helped provide the photos, stories and facts from the Battle of Midway for this memorial installation.
Duratrans, Kodalith, Plexiglas
The Battle of Midway Exhibit is located just through the security checkpoint and to the left, at the beginning of Concourse A, just across from the Midway Boulevard Food Court. (Please note that due to new Federal Security guidelines only ticketed passengers and badged employees are allowed beyond the security checkpoint.)
The Battle of Midway Memorial was commissioned by the Public Art Program, Department of Aviation, and City of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, Mayor.
In the words of military historian, John Keegan, “Midway was indeed an 'incredible victory', as great a reversal of strategic fortune as the naval world had seen, before or since . . . “
During World War II, on June 4, 1942, the United States Navy achieved its most important victory and one of the greatest in all naval history. After the devastating attack at Pearl Harbor the Japanese, within six months, tallied an almost unbelievable series of sea victories in the Pacific – Dutch East Indies, Singapore, Philippine Islands Indo-China, Malaya, Guam, Java Sea and many more. Riding a wave of success the Japanese military leaders, in the Spring of 1942, decided to invade Midway Island. Under Admiral Yamamoto, they assembled the largest war fleet yet seen in modern times. By all calculations the battle should have resulted in a major defeat for the United States Navy. However, three factors intervened: The breaking of the Japanese code, outstanding strategic leadership under Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the uncommonly brave and effective US pilots and crews. As a result, four Japanese carriers were sunk against the loss of one US aircraft carrier. The Japanese returned to Japan never again to be on the offensive in the Pacific.
Joseph E. Jannotta, USN Aviator, Korean War
VADM William D. Houser, USN (Ret.)