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80-G-32350 Battle of Midway, June 1942

Photo #: 80-G-32350  Battle of Midway, June 1942
Title: Battle of Midway, June 1942
Description: Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, Commander Task Force 17, alongside USS Astoria (CA-34) in the cruiser's Number Two Motor Whaleboat, at about 1300 hrs, 4 June 1942. Fletcher was transferring his flag from the bombed and immobilized USS Yorktown (CV-5). Captain Spencer S. Lewis, CTF-17 Chief of Staff, is just starting up the ladder to board Astoria. Fletcher is behind him, just to the right of the boat's centerline, wearing binoculars with white straps. Commander Chauncey Crutcher, Astoria's Executive Officer, is watching in the upper left. Note letters AST on the boat's bow. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-32350
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