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Midway

Original film poster
Directed by Jack Smight
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Written by Donald S. Sanford
Starring Charlton Heston
Henry Fonda
Glenn Ford
James Coburn
Hal Holbrook
Toshiro Mifune
Robert Mitchum
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Harry Stradling Jr.
Editing by Robert Swink
Frank J. Urioste
Distributed by Universal
Release date(s) Flag of United States June 18, 1976
Running time 132 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Midway is a 1976 war film made by the Mirisch Corporation and released by Universal Pictures . It was directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from a screenplay by Donald S. Sanford. The music score was by John Williams and the cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 393 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (495 × 755 pixel, file size: 85 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) movie poster for the American theatrical release of the film Midway (1976) Source URL: http://www. ... Jack Smight (March 9, 1925 - September 1, 2003) American film director. ... Walter Mirisch (born November 8, 1921 in New York City, New York) is an American film producer in Hollywood, California. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ... Toshiro Mifune in the film Drunken Angel. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer and conductor. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... The war film is a film genre that has to do with warfare, usually focusing on naval, air, or land battles, but sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training, or other related subjects. ... The Mirisch Company, also known as the Mirisch Corporation, is a film production company owned by Walter Mirisch and his brothers, Marvin and Harold Mirisch. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Jack Smight (March 9, 1925 - September 1, 2003) American film director. ... Walter Mirisch (born November 8, 1921 in New York City, New York) is an American film producer in Hollywood, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer and conductor. ...


The film stars Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Pat Morita, Robert Mitchum, Toshiro Mifune, Cliff Robertson and Robert Wagner. This article contains a trivia section. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ... Noriyuki Pat Morita (森田 沢之 Morita Noriyuki), (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an Japanese American actor who is probably best known for playing the roles of Arnold on the TV show Happy Days and Mr. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Toshiro Mifune in the film Drunken Angel. ... Cliff Robertson. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Plot

The film chronicles two battles in the Pacific during World War II, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway, which decided the war in the Pacific. The Japanese Imperial Navy had been undefeated until that time and out-numbered the American naval forces by four to one. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Combatants United States Navy Royal Australian Navy Imperial Japanese Navy Commanders Frank J. Fletcher John G. Crace Shigeyoshi Inoue Takeo Takagi Strength 2 large carriers, 3 cruisers 2 large carriers, 1 light carrier, 4 cruisers Casualties 1 fleet carrier, 1 destroyer, 1 oil tanker sunk 543 killed 1 light carrier... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Chester W. Nimitz Frank J. Fletcher Raymond A. Spruance Isoroku Yamamoto Chuichi Nagumo Tamon Yamaguchi † Strength 3 carriers, ~50 support ships, 233 carrier aircraft, 127 land-based aircraft 4 carriers, 7 battleships, ~150 support ships, 248 carrier aircraft, 16 floatplanes Casualties 1 carrier...

Adm. Nimitz (Fonda),Spruance (Ford) and Halsey (Mitchum) planning the battle ahead

Their chief strategist Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (played by Mifune) creates a complicated battle plan in order to ambush the few remaining American aircraft carriers after the Coral Sea battle. Unknown to the Japanese, American signals intelligence has broken the Japanese Naval encryption codes and know ahead of time that the ambush will take place at Midway Island. American Admiral Chester Nimitz (played by Fonda), places a gigantic bet by sending his last remaining carriers to Midway before the Japanese to set up his own ambush. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ... Isoroku Yamamoto ) (4 April 1884 – 18 April 1943) was a Fleet Admiral (Gensui) and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, graduate of Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of U.S. Naval War College and Harvard University (1919–1921). ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, supercarrier USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft — in effect acting as a sea... SIGINT stands for SIGnals INTelligence, which is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether by radio interception or other means. ... “Cipher” redirects here. ... Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was the Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces for the United States and Allied forces during World War II. He was the United States leading authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navys Bureau of Navigation in 1939. ...


The film accurately shows how intelligence, audacity, skill and luck won the day for the Americans. A sub-plot involves an American fighter pilot and his Nisei Japanese American girlfriend, whose family has been placed in internment during the war. As with many "carrier films" produced around this time, the US Navy Essex class aircraft carrier USS Lexington played the parts of both American and Japanese flattops for shipboard scenes. The Nisei Japanese Americans (二世 pronounced , lit. ... Japanese internment is a term generally used to refer to one or both of the following events: Japanese American internment – the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II. Japanese Canadian internment – the internment of Japanese Canadians in Canada during World War II. Categories: | ... The United States Navys Essex-class aircraft carriers constituted the Twentieth Centurys largest class of heavy warships, with 24 ships built. ...


Background and production

The film was shot at the Terminal Island Naval Base, Los Angeles, California, the U.S. Naval Station, Long Beach, California and Pensacola, Florida. The on-board scenes were filmed on the USS Lexington. The Lexington, decommissioned in 1991, was the longest serving carrier in history. It is now a museum ship at Corpus Christi, Texas. Reservation Point at the very southwest tip of Teminal Island. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location of Pensacola, Florida (top left) Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Escambia Government  - Mayor John Fogg Area  - City 39. ... USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT-16), known as The Blue Ghost, was an Essex-class aircraft carrier, the fifth United States Naval ship named in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Counties Nueces County Government  - Mayor Henry Garrett Area  - City 1,192. ...


It was the second of only four films released with a "Sensurround" sound mix which required special speakers to be installed in movie theatres, the others being Earthquake (1974), Rollercoaster (1977), and Battlestar Galactica (1978). Sensurround is an audio process developed in the 1970s by Universal Studios for the presentation of theatrical movies. ... Earthquake is a 1974 disaster film that was among several box-office successful disaster films of the 1970s that places a recognizable all-star cast in life and death situations. ... Rollercoaster is a summer 1977 disaster-suspense film directed by James Goldstone. ... Battlestar Galactica. ...


Many of the action sequences used footage from earlier films: most sequences of the Japanese air raids on Midway are stock shots from 20th Century Fox's Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Some scenes are from the Japanese Toho movie "太平洋风暴 Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi" (1960). Several action scenes, including the one where an A6M Zero slams into the Yorktown's bridge, were taken from Away All Boats (1956); scenes of Dolittle's Tokyo raid at the beginning of the film are from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). In addition, most dogfight sequences come from 1942 newsreels. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American-Japanese film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that unintentionally improved its effectiveness. ... Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero wreck abandoned at Munda Airfield, Central Solomons, 1943. ... The third USS Yorktown (CV-5) was lead ship of the Yorktown class aircraft carrier of World War II, sunk at the Battle of Midway. ... Away All Boats is a 1956 war film made by Universal Pictures. ...   , literally Eastern capital) is a unique subnational administrative region of Japan with characteristics of both a prefecture and a city. ... The Ruptured Duck, which was the bomber depicted in the movie Nose-art of the Ruptured Duck Thirty Seconds over Tokyo is a 1944 film based on a 1943 book by Ted W. Lawson. ...


Authenticity of the combat footage

The U.S. carrier fighter-planes in the Battle of Midway and throughout 1942 were Grumman F4F "Wildcats", commonly identified by their distinct landing-gear configuration. There are numerous scenes of carrier landings in the movie and every single one depicts the Grumman F6F "Hellcat", distinguished by a different, more stable landing-gear configuration (fuselage and numerous other features are very similar to the appearance of the older F4F). The F6F was not available until 1943. There are, however, some Grumman F4F "Wildcats" planes flying in the air during the attacks on Japanese carriers that probably come from real footage scenes. During the fight over Midway the Brewster F2A is mentioned but never seen in any footage even though the F2A comprised 21 of the 28 marine fighter aircraft defending the island. F4U "Corsair" fighter bombers are also seen attacking the Japanese Carriers in some scenes even though these were not available at the time of the battle. Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, supercarrier USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft — in effect acting as a sea... F4F-3 Wildcat of Lt. ... Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats on 1 January 1943 F6F-5 ready in catapult on USS Randolph Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat on the flight deck of USS Yorktown (CV-10) prior to take off, having its wings extended Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor scheme on the flight deck The Grumman... F4F-3 Wildcat of Lt. ... The Brewster Buffalo, or Brewster F2A, was a U.S. fighter plane which saw extensive service with both Allied and Axis air forces during World War II. The fighters, derided by some American servicemen as flying coffins,[1] had a reputation for poor construction and performance, though they were relatively...

Japanese carrier hit by US bombs (for this scene Midway editors used stock footage from the Japanese movie 太平洋风暴 Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi, 1960).

According to Robert Osborne, the host of the Turner Classic Movies channel, the film relied heavily on colored combat footage which is more likely to have been shot by the U.S. Navy after the battle (most probably between 1944 and 1945, when the F6F was the primary USN fighter in the Pacific theatre). One SBD Dauntless dive bomber (flown by Charlton Heston's character) shown to be involved in an accident with the aircraft carrier's ramp was actually shot in part during the Korean War. (The scene in "MIDWAY" shows an SB2C "Helldiver" striking the ramp before turning into an F9F "Panther" jet fighter bomber as it explodes. The latter accident was non-fatal in real life and involved Cdr. Duncan of CV-41, USS Midway, 23 July 1951. In addition to its use in "MIDWAY", Cdr. Duncan's crash was featured in 1954's "Men of the Fighting Lady" as the demise of Keenan Wynn's Lt. Cdr. Ted Dodson and later in 1990's "The Hunt for Red October" as a damaged F-14 "Tomcat.") Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ... The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navys main scout bomber and dive bomber from mid-1940 until 1943, when it was replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...


The 18 minute John Ford documentary, The Battle of Midway, made in 1942 does contain authentic color combat footage of the May 1942 battle; this documentary is in the public domain; but Ford's combat footage was all from the island of Midway and thus offered no F4F Wildcat carrier landings for re-use by the 1976 film editors. John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director famous for westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers and adaptations of such classic 20th century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. ... A 1942 documentary film directed by Oscar-winning director John Ford. ...


There is even a short scene showing a Bf 109 shot down and falling into the sea (have to watch this scene in slow motion). The Bf 109 (Me 109) was a German World War Two fighter plane, and neither the Americans nor the Japanese had this plane at Midway; besides, the Bf 109 had a rather short range and would not be suited to this kind of action. Another strictly German warplane, the He 111 twin-engine bomber, may be seen very briefly before being consumed in a fireball as a stand-in meant to represent a Japanese or American plane. This is likely the result of using stock footage from another famous WW-II movie, Battle of Britain.[citation needed] (Bf 109 was the official Reichsluftfahrtministerium designation, though some late_war aircraft actually carried the Me 109 designation stamped onto their aircraft type plates. ... The Heinkel He 111 was the primary Luftwaffe medium bomber during the early stages of World War II, and is perhaps the most obvious symbol of the German side of the Battle of Britain. ... Battle of Britain is a 1969 film directed by Guy Hamilton, and produced by Harry Saltzman and S Benjamin Fisz. ...


Ensign George H. Gay's (played by Kevin Dobson) plane was a three-seater torpedo bomber plane of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) which crashed into the ocean during one of the unsuccessful attacks on the Japanese fleet. The movie used footage of a single-seate "Hellcat" fighter plane crashing into the ocean for this scene; in fact the torpedo bombers in the movie were all supposed to be Douglas TBD-1 Devastators but were instead portrayed by SB2U Vindicator dive bombers in all the torpedo scenes. Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) was a United States Navy squadron assigned to the Hornet Air Group operating from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). ... TBD from Torpedo Eight taxiing up the flight deck of CV-8 circa 15 May 1942. ... US Air Force Vought SB2u Vindicator. ...


Another point was the fact that Lieutenant Tomonaga of the Japanese Forces, ended his life by crashing his plane into an American warship, in a kamikaze attack. The famed suicide tactic was not initiated until 1944, two years after Midway. The footage used was from a documented scene in the Battle of Okinawa.[citation needed] It is believed that Tomonaga's Kate actually disintegrated under the guns of Lt. Cdr. John S. "Jimmy" Thach of VF-3. USS Bunker Hill was hit by Ogawa (see picture left) and another kamikaze near KyÅ«shÅ« on May 11, 1945. ... Combatants United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand Empire of Japan Commanders Simon B. Buckner†, Joseph W. Stilwell, Ray Spruance Mitsuru Ushijima† Isamu Cho† Strength 548,000 regulars, 1300 ships,  ? aircraft 100,000 regulars and militia,  ? ships,  ? aircraft Casualties 12,513 dead or missing, 38,916 wounded, 33,096...


These gaffes and other compromises had to be made primarily due to various limitations, namely upon the technology available and the forced reliance on WW-II color stock footage, which was both rare and absent from filming actual WW-II events as they happened. As previously mentioned, stock footage from other films was used to help make up the difference namely from the aforementioned Battle of Britain and Tora! Tora! Tora! Battle of Britain is a 1969 film directed by Guy Hamilton, and produced by Harry Saltzman and S Benjamin Fisz. ... Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American-Japanese film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that unintentionally improved its effectiveness. ...


Trivia

  • In television edits, the Battle of the Coral Sea footage is left out to accommodate time constraints; this version was then used for subsequent VHS and DVD releases.
  • Most of the footage of the Japanese air raid on Midway Island was from the footage of the Japanese bombing of Wheeler and Hickam airfields shot in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!.
  • Prior to the Air raid on Midway, it was stated that Midway's defending airplaines were 6 F4F Wildcats and 15 F2A Brewster Buffaloes. However, two Curtiss P 40 Warhawks can be seen taking off to meet the Japanese planes.

Combatants United States Navy Royal Australian Navy Imperial Japanese Navy Commanders Frank J. Fletcher John G. Crace Shigeyoshi Inoue Takeo Takagi Strength 2 large carriers, 3 cruisers 2 large carriers, 1 light carrier, 4 cruisers Casualties 1 fleet carrier, 1 destroyer, 1 oil tanker sunk 543 killed 1 light carrier... At least five ships of the United States Navy have borne the name Yorktown, to commemorate of the decisive Battle of Yorktown in the American Revolutionary War. ... This article is about the harbor in Hawaii. ...

Cast in alphabetical order

Photo of the cast beside a FM-2 Wildcat fighter on the flight deck of USS Lexington, today a museum ship. Pilots sitting on the aircraft (from left): Ensign Ramos "Chili Bean" (played by Erik Estrada), Ensign Lance, Ensign Thomas "Tiger" Garth (played by Edward Albert).
Photo of the cast beside a FM-2 Wildcat fighter on the flight deck of USS Lexington, today a museum ship. Pilots sitting on the aircraft (from left): Ensign Ramos "Chili Bean" (played by Erik Estrada), Ensign Lance, Ensign Thomas "Tiger" Garth (played by Edward Albert).
Actor Role
Edward Albert Ens. Thomas Garth
Philip R. Allen Lt. Cmdr. John S. "Jimmy" Thach
Beeson Carroll
James Coburn Capt. Vinton Maddox
Dabney Coleman Capt. Murray Arnold
Glenn Corbett Lt. Cmdr. John C. Waldron
Larry Csonka Lt. Cmdr. J.F. Delaney
Kevin Dobson Ens. George H. Gay
Erik Estrada Ens. Ramos "Chili Bean"
Paul Frees Voice of Isoroku Yamamoto
Henry Fonda Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
Glenn Ford RAdm. Raymond A. Spruance
John Fujioka RAdm. Tamon Yamaguchi
Christopher George Lt. Cmdr. Clarence Wade McClusky
Charlton Heston Capt. Matthew Garth
Hal Holbrook Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort
Dale Ishimoto Vice Admiral Moshiro Hosogaya
Robert Ito Cmdr. Minoru Genda
Steve Kanaly Lt. Cmdr. Lance Edward Massey
Christina Kokubo Haruko Sakura
Clyde Kusatsu Cmdr. Watanabe
David Macklin Jack Reid
Monte Markham Cmdr. Maxwell F. Leslie
Toshiro Mifune Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Robert Mitchum Vice Adm. William F. Halsey, Jr.
Pat Morita RAdm. Ryunosuke Kusaka
Ed Nelson RAdm. Harry Pearson
John Bennett Perry
Clint Ritchie Lt. Cmdr. Charles Fenton
Cliff Robertson Cmdr. Carl Jessop
Mitch Ryan RAdm. Aubrey W. Fitch
Tom Selleck Aide to Capt. Cyril Simard
James Shigeta Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo
Sab Shimono Lt. Tomonaga
Robert Wagner Lt. Cmdr. Ernest L. Blake
Gregory Walcott Capt. Elliott Buckmaster
Robert Webber RAdm. Frank J. "Jack" Fletcher

Image File history File links Midway_FM2. ... Image File history File links Midway_FM2. ... F4F-3 Wildcat of Lt. ... USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT-16), known as The Blue Ghost, was an Essex-class aircraft carrier, the fifth United States Naval ship named in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. ... Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949 in New York City) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 US television series CHiPs. ... Edward Albert (also known as Edward Laurence Albert and occasionally Eddie Albert Jr. ... Edward Albert (also known as Edward Laurence Albert and occasionally Eddie Albert Jr. ... John Smith Thach (19 April 1905 - 15 April 1981) was a World War II naval aviator, air combat tactician, and Admiral in the United States Navy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... Dabney Wharton Coleman (born January 3, 1932) is an American actor. ... Glenn Corbett as Zefram Cochrane Glenn Corbett (August 17, 1930-January 16, 1993) was an American actor born Glenn Rothenburg in El Monte, California. ... John Charles Waldron (24 August 1900 – 4 June 1942) was a U.S. Naval aviator who led a squadron of torpedo bombers in World War II. Waldron was born on 24 August 1900 at Fort Pierre, South Dakota. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ... Kevin Dobson is US actor, born March 18, 1943, in Queens, New York. ... George Gay Ensign George Gay (right), sole survivor of USS Hornets VT-8 squadron at Midway, standing in front of his Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bomber on 4 June, 1942. ... Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949 in New York City) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 US television series CHiPs. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Isoroku Yamamoto ) (4 April 1884 – 18 April 1943) was a Fleet Admiral (Gensui) and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, graduate of Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of U.S. Naval War College and Harvard University (1919–1921). ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was the Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces for the United States and Allied forces during World War II. He was the United States leading authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navys Bureau of Navigation in 1939. ... Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ... Raymond Spruance Raymond Ames Spruance (July 3, 1886 - December 13, 1969) was a United States Navy admiral in World War II, and commanded US naval forces at the turning point of the Pacific War, the Battle of Midway. ... John Fujioka (b. ... Japanese painting entitled Last Moments of Admiral Yamaguchi. Rear-Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi (山口 多聞 Yamaguchi Tamon, January 1, 1892-June 4, 1942) was an Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). ... Christopher George in the 1966-1968 television series The Rat Patrol. ... Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky, Jr. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ... [[Image:joseph_rochefort. ... Dale Ishimoto (1923 - March 4, 2004) was an American actor of Japanese descent. ... Robert Ito (born July 2, 1931 in Vancouver, BC) is a Canadian voice, television and movie actor. ... Minoru Genda (源田実 Genda Minoru, 16 August 1904–15 August 1989) served in the Imperial Japanese Navy before and during World War II and in the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force after the war, eventually rising to the rank of major general. ... Steve Kanaly is an American actor, best known for his role as Southfork Ranch foreman Ray Krebbs on the television soap opera Dallas from 1978 to 1989. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... David Macklin (born July 14, 1978 in Newport News, VA) is a National Football League cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Jack Reid is a Canadian artist and a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), . With a career spanning six decades, his honours have been many. ... Monte Markham (born 21 June 1935 in Manatee, Florida, United States) is an actor. ... Toshiro Mifune in the film Drunken Angel. ... Isoroku Yamamoto ) (4 April 1884 – 18 April 1943) was a Fleet Admiral (Gensui) and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, graduate of Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of U.S. Naval War College and Harvard University (1919–1921). ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... William Frederick Bull Halsey, Jr. ... Noriyuki Pat Morita (森田 沢之 Morita Noriyuki), (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an Japanese American actor who is probably best known for playing the roles of Arnold on the TV show Happy Days and Mr. ... Ryunosuke Kusaka (1893-1971) was a Japanese rear admiral who served as Chief of Staff of the Imperial Japanese Navys Combined Fleet. ... Edwin Stafford Nelson (born December 21, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American actor. ... John Bennett Perry (born January 4, 1941, in Williamstown, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Clint Ritchie (born August 9, 1938) is an American actor. ... Cliff Robertson. ... Mitchell Ryan (January 11, 1928) is an American actor known as Gregs father (Edward Montgomery) on Dharma & Greg. ... VADM Aubrey W. Fitch, USN, 18 March 1946. ... Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I.. // Born in Detroit to Slovak-Rusyn[1] father Robert Selleck and... James Shigeta (born June 17, 1933) is an American film and television actor. ... Chuichi Nagumo (Japanese: 南雲 忠一, Nagumo Chūichi, March 25, 1887–July 6, 1944) was a Vice Admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and Commander of the 1st Air Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy for a while. ... Sab Shimono (born Saburo Shimono July 31, 1943) is an American actor of Japanese American descent. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ... Gregory Walcott is an american actor who was born on 13 January 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina. ... Robert Webber (October 14, 1924 - May 19, 1989) was an actor who starred as Juror #12 in the 1957 hit movie 12 Angry Men. ... Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, USN Photographed on board ship, 17 September 1942. ...

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