March 10, 2009
As I read the incredible book Shattered Sword, I became aware of something called The Battle of Midway Roundtable (BOMRT). Calling itself "an international forum focusing on the 'Incredible Victory' at Midway, the turning point of the Second World War in the Pacific," it's something of a clearinghouse for information on Midway.
The most important part of BOMRT, however, is without a doubt the weekly newsletter. Members ask questions, which are then answered by other members... and the breadth and depth of the knowledge available is immense.
Currently on the member list are 45 veterans who were actually present at the Battle of Midway, ranging from a Marine on the atoll, to PBY pilots, to Dauntless pilots and gunners, to crewmen from all three US carriers, to the lone TBF Avenger pilot and crewman to survive that plane's baptism of fire (Bert Earnest and Harry Ferrier, flying from Midway as part of the detachment from Hornet's VT-8, both of whom are covered extensively in the book A Dawn Like Thunder).
One member of the BOMRT has gained the nickname of "Santa Claus". Annually, Ted Kraver goes to a major used book sale and picks up a bunch of military history books. He then gives them away to other members of the BOMRT as a 'thank you' for the past year's worth of insight and experiences.
This year, I was one of the lucky recepient of one of Santa's gifts:
The duck is the mascot of the Duck U. Bookstore.
Membership to the BOMRT is free, by the way, and if you have any interest in the Pacific War you owe it to yourself to join. Why wait? Do it now!
Hi Wonderduck, OT but I just saw this story and though ot you:
Posted by: Andy Janes at March 11, 2009 02:33 AM (1xA29)
I'm not sure how to take that, Andy...
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 11, 2009 08:27 AM (tMdKd)
Posted by: Andy Janes at March 11, 2009 01:42 PM (q9hVp)
Posted by: toad at March 11, 2009 04:00 PM (zcbXo)
Toad, I'm still in the Chinese portion of the book, when everything is Unicorns farting Rainbows. From what I've read of and about Sakai, though, he wasn't afraid to speak the truth, so I'm looking forward to that.
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 11, 2009 06:17 PM (tMdKd)
Posted by: toad at March 13, 2009 01:21 PM (zcbXo)
Posted by: Wonderduck at March 15, 2009 05:37 PM (tMdKd)
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