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Today in World War II History—June 6, 1942

SBDs from carrier USS Hornet over Japanese cruiser Mikuma, 6 Jun 1942 (US National Archives)

SBDs from carrier USS Hornet over Japanese cruiser Mikuma, 6 Jun 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—June 6, 1942: In Battle of Midway, SBDs from US carriers Enterprise and Hornet sink Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma.

Japanese occupy Kiska in the Aleutians.

Movie premiere of Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney as songwriter George M. Cohan.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—June 6, 1942”

  1. Bill Voerster

    My Dad was European Theater WWII, presumably with the 49th Field Hospital. Looking for any info.

    • Sarah Sundin

      Hi Bill! Thanks for stopping by. A good place to start would be with the official Army medical history of the ETO: Cosmas, Graham A. & Cowdrey, Albert E. The Medical Department: Medical Service in the European Theater of Operations. United States Army Center of Medical History, Washington, DC. 1992. It’s in the public domain and available for free download on the Army Medical Dept. website here: http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/010/10-23/index.html

      This book details the work of the different hospitals. It won’t give you information on individuals, however. Have you tried Googling “49th Field Hospital.” Sometimes you find interesting bits. It can be difficult to find information on support units rather than combat units. Most medical personnel didn’t consider themselves “heroes” and haven’t documented their work as thoroughly. In my opinion, they’re some of the greatest heroes!