From 1942 to 1945, Ernest M. Eller served on the staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CinCPac). Shortly before the Battle of Midway erupted in June 1942, then-Commander Eller was among the select staff who flew to the atoll with Nimitz to assess readiness for the pending clash, as well as to boost morale. Eller’s role, he said, was “from the standpoint that there would be a report on this operation that could be very significant.” Eller later recounted his headquarters’-eye view of the action that unfolded at Midway—including the fate of the USS Yorktown (CV-5) (see “Fighting for Survival,”)—in a 1977 oral history interview with the U.S. Naval Institute.
‘The American Dive Bombers Descended Like Doom’
By Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller, U.S. Navy (Retired)