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Pivotal WWII battle recalled aboard Slater

Mechanicville resident, Stephen Dennis,91, veteran of World War II who was aboard the U.S.S. Atlanta CL-51 at the Battle of Midway, tosses a wreath off the U.S.S.Slater during a memorial ceremony on Tuesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Mechanicville resident, Stephen Dennis,91, veteran of World War II who was aboard the U.S.S. Atlanta CL-51 at the Battle of Midway, tosses a wreath off the U.S.S.Slater during a memorial ceremony on Tuesday morning.
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Seventy-one years ago this week, an under-equipped fleet of American aircraft carriers took the Japanese by surprise in a counterattack that would become a pivotal point in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor six months earlier. The American fleet was so greatly damaged it was only able to send three carriers, with limited pilots and provisions, to ...

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