NATIONAL ARCHIVES

'Flags' at Midway

By Thomas B. Allen
June 2002
The historian who accompanied Robert Ballard on his 1998 expedition to the sunken Yorktown introduces us to a signalman who watched her sink.
COURTESY OF RON ALTMAN

'It Was Pure Hell'

By George Von Hoff, based on an interview by Jay Curtis
June 2002
A sailor volunteers for service on board the Lexington, not knowing the aircraft carrier will turn into an inferno at the Battle of the Coral Sea.
"BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA," BY ROBERT TAYLOR. COURTESY OF THE MILITARY GALLERY, OJAI, CA.

Misfortune at Coral Sea

By Daniel Verton
June 2002
The son of a seaman who survived the sinking of the destroyer Sims early in the May 1942 battle elevates his father's story from the footnotes of history.
DAVID HOFELING

'Nothing Stinks Like Blood'

An Interview with Edwin C. Bearss
June 2002
The World War II Marine and retired chief National Park Service historian recalls the day he was shot in 1944 and how he helped find the Civil War ironclad Cairo.