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"Victory at Midway" Shirt in Youth sizes

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Our original design recognizes the Victory at Midway and is packed with meaning for people who love the history of WWII, including detailed profiles of the carriers as they were during this battle; the primary planes used; the islands, with "AF" marked on them; the dates of the battle; and, the 48-star American flag that flew on the USS Enterprise.

The shirt:

  • Navy blue - Unisex shirt for kids - Printed on a super soft 6 oz 100% USA grown cotton shirt that has been pre-washed to reduce shrinkage. Youth Sizes: M - XL.

This design is also available in a crewneck shirtwomen's v-neck shirtlong-sleeved shirtcrewneck sweatshirtlong-sleeved shirt with UV protectionstickerand a magnet.

Browse through other WWII themed products in this collection

Historical accounts and background

The Naval History and Heritage Command has an online library that contains a very interesting publication from 1943: Combat Narratives — Battle of Midway, June 3-6, 1942

As explained in a January 8, 1943 forward:

"Combat Narratives have been prepared by the Publications Branch of the Office of Naval Intelligence for the information of the officers of the United States Navy.
The data on which these studies are based are those official documents which are suitable for a confidential publication. This material has been collated and presented in chronological order.
In perusing these narratives, the reader should bear in mind that while they recount in considerable detail the engagements in which our forces participated, certain underlying aspects of these operations must be kept in a secret category until after the end of the war."

While one can find later accounts that may be more thorough, this document provides detailed accounts and is well worth reading.

It includes this summary of losses:

Summary of enemy losses

Four carriers sunk: Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, with the loss of all their planes and many of their personnel. Estimated 275 planes, 2400 men.
Two and probably three battleships damaged, one severely.
Two Mogami class heavy cruisers sunk, three or more heavy cruisers damaged, some severely.
One light cruiser damaged.
Three destroyers sunk, a fourth possibly sunk.
Four transport and cargo vessels hit, one or more possibly sunk.
Estimated total number of personnel lost: 4,800.


Summary of American losses

Ships: Yorktown [carrier] and Hammann [destroyer] sunk.
Planes: About 150 lost in action or damaged beyond repair.
Personnel: 92 officers and 215 men.

And this observation:

"Both Admiral Spruance and Admiral Fletcher have pointed out that "in a duel between CV's [carriers] the side which is able to strike the first blow against enemy CV's whose planes are on board wins." At Midway we won in precisely this manner. We were able to do this because we knew of the enemy's presence, the approximate composition of his force, and because we had calculated correctly his method of approach. The Battle of Midway was essentially a victory of intelligence." [emphasis added]

The 59-page document ends with this quote from Admiral Nimitz:

"The performance of officers and men was of the highest order, not only at Midway and afloat, but equally so among those at Oahu not privileged to be in the front line of battle. I am proud to report that the cooperative devotion to duty of all those involved was so marked that, despite the necessarily decisive part played by our three carriers, this defeat of the Japanese arms and ambitions was truly a victory of the United States' armed forces and not of the Navy alone."


Our thanks to Martin Quinn for his extensive help in ensuring accuracy of this design.


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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 3 reviews
          Todd M.G.
          Great shirt

          My 8-year-old son is getting big into history. He loves learning about the naval battles of WWII, especially Pearl Harbor and Midway. The Midway short is excellent. He loved it as soon as he saw it and proudly wore it on the first day back to school after the Christmas break. Proud dad here.

          Pete B.
          Victory at Midway

          I got this shirt for my very young grandson. At some time, he will need to know about Midway. He likely won’t learn it in school. He will learn that my Dad, his great grandfather, and all my uncles were in the Navy at that time. Two were in the Pacific, my father on a LST, and an uncle on the Enterprise. My other uncle had convoy escort duty in the Atlantic. My grandson will be able to explain this to school friends when they ask about his shirt. He will be proud to wear it.

          Dave G.
          Midway Battle Tee Shirt

          Happy with my purchase. Good quality shirt and printing. Reasonably priced, easy ordering, shipped when promised. I’ll be looking at future orders for sure.