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Webinar: 2021 Battle of Midway Commemoration FAQs

June 28, 2021

The epic Battle of Midway is considered to be one of the most defining moments of World War II. What conditions created this historic moment and what factors contributed to the success experienced by the United States on that fateful day?

Renowned Navy historian and author Jon Parshall and retired U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot and creator of "Figments: The Power of Imagination" podcast, General Dan "Fig" Leaf, Ret., joined us to mark the anniversary of the battle and discuss the strategies that led to victory.


Jon Parshall is the co-author of "Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway." He is an adjunct lecturer for the U.S. Naval War College, and a frequent speaker at venues such as the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, the National WWII Museum, and the National Museum of the Pacific War. He has been widely published in Naval History Magazine, the U.S. Naval War College Review, WWII Magazine, and Wartime Magazine, and has appeared on Netflix, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Smithsonian, and National Geographic.


Lt. Gen. Dan “Fig” Leaf, Ret., is a retired U.S. Air Force Fighter pilot with air and land combat experience, and vice president of the Board of Directors of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. He retired as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command in 2008, worked as a vice president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, then led the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the director from 2012-2017. He is the host of the webcast “Figments: The Power of Imagination,” on ThinkTech Hawaii and is a prolific author; his essay on North Korea won The Oslo Forum’s first Peacewriter Prize in 2017.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is proud to share our two-part series on
the Battle of Midway and its strategies featuring these two prolific guests. 

Below are questions from the Q&A thread of the webinar that were not answered live.

Mahalo to Jon Parshall for taking the time to answer these thoughtful questions about a critical moment in American history.

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