Section 6: Capturing the Human ElementPhotographing the People Behind the Machines


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The USS Hornet’s radio operator intercepted a message in Japanese at 07:45; its origins were close. SBDs (carrier-based scout bombers) launched earlier off the USS Enterprise had spotted a small Japanese fishing vessel, and then later flew over the Enterprise’s deck, dropping a message and causing Admiral William “Bull” Halsey to immediately change course. At 07:38, a patrol vessel had been spotted, so with the radio interception and sightings, the hand was dealt. Halsey had no option; he ordered the USS ...

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