Battle of Midway Survivors At Naval Dive School

BAY COUNTY-- Seventy-two years ago, the United States engaged the Japanese fleet in one of the most important battles of World War II.

In commemoration of the event the Naval Dive School hosted two local men who were survivors of the Battle of Midway. This battle was considered a turning point in the war in the Pacific. After a tour of the dive school, the two men - James Giles and Gene Hodges - got together on stage before a group of dive students to tell the story from their prospective as survivors.

"All at once I became numb...I got shot in the arm with a 25 caliber Japanese and there was little pieces of shrapnel," Giles said.

"I had a brace of 45 pistols in my pocket. I was going to keep fighting as long as I had anything to fight with. When iI hit the water those things felt like they weighed 40 pounds apiece, so I simply undid my belt and my pistols took my britches off," Hodges said.

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