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80-G-79984-28-2

Photo #: 80-G-79984-28 (#2)  Battle of Midway, June 1942
Description: Japanese prisoners of war under guard on Midway, following their rescue from an open lifeboat by USS Ballard (AVD-10) on 19 June 1942. They were survivors of the sunken aircraft carrier Hiryu. After being held for a few days on Midway, they were sent on to Pearl Harbor on 23 June aboard USS Sirius (AK-15), arriving there on 1 July. Note Marine guard in the center background, armed with a M1903 Springfield rifle. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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