Civilian Yard Workers
USS Yorktown limped up the Pearl Harbor channel. Two near misses and a direct hit from Japanese aircraft had done considerable damage to this aircraft carrier and it seemed certain that she would have to sit out the war for a number of weeks—perhaps months—for repairs.
But huge forces were at work. A Japanese armada was headed for an island north of Hawaii—an atoll diminutive in area but gigantic in strategic significance. Should Midway fall, the U.S. Navy might well be driven into a retreat all the way back to the West Coast of America.
Only three aircraft carriers—including Yorktown—and a handful of cruisers and destroyers were left to meet this gargantuan enemy force. If the U.S. fleet was to have any chance at all, this limping carrier would have to be included.