Pre-battle Documents
CinCPac. Operation Plan 29-42 CinCPac. Letter. May 28, 1942 Cmdr PatWing 2. Memorandum Cmdr VP-44. Operation Plan CO 6th Def. Bn. Instruction
Action Reports
CinCPac. June 28, 1942 Cmdr TF 16. June 16, 1942 Cmdr TF 17. June 14, 1942 CO CV-5. June 18, 1942 CO CV-6. June 8,  1942 CO CV-6. June 13, 1942 CO CV-8. June 13, 1942 Cmdr VB-3. June 10, 1942 Cmdr VS-5. June 7,  1942 Cmdr VB-6. June 10, 1942 Cmdr VS-6. June 20, 1942 CO NAS Midway. June 18, 1942 OO NAS Midway. June 15, 1942 CO 6th Def.Bn. June 13, 1942 CO MAG-22. June 7, 1942 XO MAG-22. June 7, 1942 CO VMF-221. June 6, 1942 CO VMSB-241. June 12, 1942
War Diaries, Logs
NAS Midway. May 1942 NAS Midway. June 1942 CV-6 War Diary. June 1942 CV-8 Deck Logs. June 1942
Early Researches
ONI Combat Narratives, 1943 The Japanese Story, 1947 Naval War College, 1948
  U.S.S. Enterprise (CV6). War Diary. June 1942
 
CV6/A12-1/(60-Br)
Serial 004
U. S. S. ENTERPRISE (CV6) 36659

July 11, 1942

 

SECRET

 

 

From:
To:


Subject:


Reference: 



Enclosures: 
The Commanding Officer.
The Chief of Naval Operations (Office of
   Naval Records and Library).

U.S.S. ENTERPRISE War Diary for June 1942 -
Forwarding copy of.

(a) Opnav and Cominch joint rest, letter
    FF1/A12-1(7) serial 291 of 22 Feb. 1942
    and enc. (A) thereto.

(A) Subject War Diary.

 

 

1.    In accordance with reference (a), enclosure (A) is for- warded herewith.

 

2.    It is hereby certified that the originator considers it to be impracticable to phrase this document in such a manner as will permit a classification other than secret.

 

 

 

A.C. DAVIS.
A. C. DAVIS.   

 

 

 

 







S E C R E T






W A R         D I A R Y







U. S. S. ENTERPRISE






From:   June 1, 1942   to June 30, 1942.











REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
  Task Force 16, Rear Admiral R.A. Spruance in ENTERPRISE
     Task Group 16.2, Rear Admiral T.O. Kinkaid in MINNEAPOLIS,
     NORTHAMPTON, PENSACOLA, ATLANTA, NEW ORLEANS, VINCENNES
  Task Group 16.4, Captain A.R. Early in PHELPS, WORDEN, AYLWIN,
     MONAGHAM, BALCH, BENHAM, MAURY, ELLET, CONYINGHAM.
  Task Group 16.5, Rear Admiral R.A. Spruance in ENTERPRISE, HORNET

June 1, 1942 Zone Plus 11 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 290 T, speed 15 knots. Cruising disposition
   10-V, HORNET duty carrier.
1342   0242 ELLET reported a sound contact bearing 310 T; Changed
   course away from contact to 020 T, speed 20 knots.
1347   0247 Resumed normal speed of 15 knots.
1401   0301 Resumed base course 290 T.
1900   0800 Position 31-58 N, 174-26 W.
2300   1200 Position 32-10 N, 175-22 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 292 T, speed 11.3 knots
0241   1541 Sighted friendly patrol plane bearing 285 T, distant
   40,000 yards.
0645   1945 Hold routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0700   2000 Position 33-13 N, 174-32 W.
(HORNET duty carrier, launched morning scouting flight
and inner air patrol, the inner air patrol being taken
over by cruiser planes later in the morning. This
patrol was recovered at 1100 due to fog)(Following dis-
patch received by Task Force 16 from Commander, Task
Force 16: " AN ATTACK FOR THE PURPOSE OF CAPTURING MID-
WAY IS EXPECTED X THE EXPECTED ATTACKING FORCE FOR THE
PURPOSE OF CAPTURING MIDWAY MAY BE COMPOSED OF ALL COM-
BATANT TYPES INCLUDING TRANSPORT AND TRAIN VESSELS PLUS
FOUR OR FIVE CARRIERS X WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE SUR-
PRISE FLANK ATTACKS ON ENEMY CARRIERS FROM POSITION
NORTHEAST OF MIDWAY X IF PRESENCE OF TASK FORCES 16 AND
17 REMAINS UNKNOWN X FURTHER OPERATIONS WILL BE BASED
ON RESULT OF THESE ATTACKS DAMAGE INFLICTED BY MIDWAY
FORCES AND INFORMATION ENEMY MOVEMENTS X GREAT VALUE TO
OUR COUNTRY WILL COME FROM SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THE
OPERATIONS NOW COMMENCING X CARRIERS WILL ENDEAVOR TO
REMAIN WITHIN VISUAL TOUCH IF THEY SHOULD BECOME SEPA-
RATED DURING ATTACKS BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT ")

 


G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 2, 1942 Zone Plus 11 Time to Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 135 T, speed 15 knots, cruising disposition
   10-V.
1743   0645 Launched 6 fighters, after weather ahead cleared suf-
   ficiently for flying, followed later in the forenoon
   by cruiser planes.
1743   0643 Launched 10 scout-bombers for morning scouting flight.
   All scouts encountered bad weather so returned early
   The afternoon scouting flight was not launched due
   to unfavor able flying weather.
1900   0800 Position 31-41 N, 172-57 W.
2255   1155 Sighted two friendly scout-bombers bearing 120 T, dis-
   tant 17,000 yards.
2300   1200 Position 31-56 N, 174-02 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 101.5 T, speed 2.7 kts.
2300   1200 Two planes from the YORKTOWN approached the formation
   and one made a message drop on desk.
0305   1605 Transferred guard mail to CONYINGHAM.
0318   1618 Ship reported hull down bearing 065 T.
0330   1630 Ships sighted bearing 065T were challenged and answered
   correctly; identified as Task Force 17, consisting
   of YORKTOWN, ASTORIA, PORTLAND and 5 destroyers.
0538   1838 Received guard mail from CONYINGHAM.
0635   1935 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0700   2000 Position 32-13 N, 173-32 W.
0900   2200 Set clocks ahead one hour to zone plus 10 time.






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 3, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 270T, speed 14 knots, cruising disposition
   10-V. Task Force 17 is operating about 10 miles to
   the south, OTC & CTF17 in YORKTOWN.
1800  0800 Position 32-36 N, 175-53 W.
1857  0857 Unidentified aircraft reported bearing 045 T, distant
   21 miles.
1858  0858 Went to general quarters.
1909  0909 Previously reported aircraft identified as friendly.
1922  0922 Formed cruising disposition 11-V.
1947  0947 Secured from general quarters.
1958  0958 Sighted friendly patrol plane on port bow.
2134  1134 Transferred mail from the RUSSELL.
2200  1200 Position 33-07 N, 175-58 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 308 T, speed 5.2 knots.
0135  1535 Sighted friendly patrol plane bearing 278 T. distant 15
   miles.
0600  2000 Position 33-15 N, 175-23 W.
0648  2048 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.

(YORKTOWN made the dawn search and launched the first
inner air patrol. When the first flight was landed,
cruiser planes took up the inner air patrol and main-
tained it throughout the day. The YORKTOWN also made a
search in the northern seim-circle in the afternoon.
The results of both searches negative. Patrol planes
picked up severial surface vessels between west and
southwest and from 470 to 700 miles from Midway. It is
believed that these vessels are a part of the enemy
Supporting Force and that the main Striking Force has
not been detected).






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 4, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 210 T, axis 270 T, speed 13.5 knots, cruising
   disposition 11-V. Task Force 17 operating about 10
   miles to the north. OTC & CTF 16 in ENTERPRISE.
1110   0110 Commenced zigzag plan No. 7, changed speed to 15 knots.
1644   0644 Changed course to 060 T.
1743   0743 Unidentified ship reported bearing 270 T, hull down.
1800   0800 Position 31-39 N, 176-14 T.
1808   0806 Went to general quarters.
1811   0811 Changed course to 270 T, changed speed to 20 knots.
1814   0814 Changed course to 240 T, changed speed to 25 knots.
2035   1035 Formed cruising disposition 11-V, course and axis
   240 T, speed 25 knots.
2154   1154 Changed course to 260 T.
2200   1200 Position 30-37 N, 176-38 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 122 T, speed 6.5 knots.
2205   1205 Changed course to 285 T.
2336   1336 One scout-bomber landed in water on starboard quarter
   about 2 miles distant. Personnel recovered.
0007   1407 Anti-aircraft fire observed bearing 325 T in vicinity
   of Task Force 17.
0030   1430 PENSACOLA, VINCENNES, BALCH and BENHAM left formation
   to assist Task Force 17. NEW ORLEANS joined ENTER-
   PRISE group from HORNET group (ENTERPRISE and HORNET
   have become separated while launching and recovering
   aircraft).
0105   1305 One torpedo plane landed in water on starboard bow just
   ahead of MONAGHAM. Personnel recovered.
0113   1513 Changed course to 300 T. (Trying to proceed to assist-
   ance of YORKTOWN but frequent changes of course into
   the wind, which was about 126 T. for recoveries of
   fighters prevented our closing)
0241   1641 Anti-aircraft fire observed bearing 280T. Task Force 17
reports being attacked by aircraft.
0253   1653 Changed course to 290 T.
0352   1752 Changed course to 280 T.
0600   2000 Position 30-18 N, 175-48 W.
0633   2033 Task Force 17 observed firing anti-aircraft batteries.
0715   2115 Formed cruising disposition 11-V, course and axis
   090 T, speed 15 knots. Guide in ATLANTA.
0750   2150 Secured from general quarters.

(continued)


 


June 4, 1942 (continued)

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  (Commander Task Force 16 directed the Captain to pub-
lish the following message: "I wish to express my admi-
ation and commendation to every officer and man of the
Enterprise Ship's Company and especially to the pilots
and gunners of the Air Group for their splendid perfor-
mance of duty in executing an admirable job well done
in the action against the enemy on June 4th. The per-
sonnel losses are most regretted but it is felt that
these gallant men contributed materially in striking a
decisive blow against the enemy".)

(The following message from the Captain was published:
"I wish to extend my grateful thanks to every officer
and man of the Ship's Company for their outstanding
performance of duty against the enemy.It is our fervent
hope that many of our gallant and heroic shipmates in
the Air Group who are now unaccounted for will be res-
cued by our own forces. Those who are not, and who have
made the supreme sacrifice have done so that our
country may live. We salute our honored dead and are
determined to exterminate the enemy and drive him from
the seas. To all hands "Well Done".)

(See CO ENTERPRISE Serial 0133 of June 8, 1942, copy
attached)




 



G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 5, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course and axis 090 T, speed 15 knots, cruising dis-
   position 11-V. Guide in ATLANTA, OTC & CTF 16 in
   ENTERPRISE.
1200   0200 Changed formation to 000 T.
1244   0244 Surface craft reported bearing 522T, distant 28,000 and
   29,000 yards.
1245   0245 Changed course to 090 T.
1503   0303 Changed course to 180 T.
1315   0315 Surface craft reported bearing 309 T, distant 28,000
   yards.
1358   0358 Changed course to 270 T.
1420   0420 Commenced zigzag plan No. 1.
1530   0530 Surface craft reported bearing 065 T, distant 25,000
   yards.
1620   0620 Changed course to 230 T, changed speed to 20 knots.
1632   0632 Changed speed to 23 knots.
1800   0800 Position 29-47 N, 175-45 W.
2057   1057 Changed course to 260 T.
2214   1114 Sighted a friendly patrol plans on the water on the
   horizon bearing 250 T.
2129   1129 MONAGHAN left formation to recover patrol plane
   personnel.
2130   1130 Changed course to 270 T.
2200   1200 Position 29-05 N, 177-20 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 201.5T, speed 4.1 knots
2236   1236 PHELPS reported submarine contact on her port bow.
   Executed "Emergency Ships Right", changed course
   to 000 T.
2242   1242 Resumed base course 270 T.
2319   1319 Changed course to 300 T.
0028   1428 Sighted 4 friendly torpedo boats bearing 010 T. On the
   horizon.
0212   1612 Sighted 7 friendly B17's bearing 135 T, on course 315 T
0253   1653 PHELPS recovered two men from rubber boat on port bow.
0330   1730 Changed course to 315 T.
0432   1832 Sighted friendly patrol plane bearing 115 T, distant
   40,000 yards.
0450   1850 5 friendly B17's passed abeam to starboard on course
   315 T, altitude 15,000 feet.
0600   2000 Position 30-25.5 N, 179-42.4 W.
0702   2102 Held routine twilight general quarters for about 1 hour
0733   2133 Turned on side lights.
0740   2140 Turned on 36" searchlight to aid returning planes.
0758   2158 Secured searchlights.
0806   2206 One plane crashed in water astern. Personnel recovered.
0820   2220 Changed speed to 15 knots.
0823   2223 Turned off side lights.
0845   2245 Surface craft reported bearing 281 distant 12,000 yards
   from NORTHAMPTON.

(continued)


 


June 5, 1942 (continued)

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
   
0846   2246 Changed course to 173 T.
0908   2308 Changed course to 280 T.
 
( See CO ENTERPRISE Serial 0133 of June 8, 1942, copy
attached)




 



G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 6, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 280 T, axis 090 T, speed 15 knots, cruising
   disposition 11-V. The Task Force is split into two
   groups. The ENTERPRISE group consists of ENTERPRISE,
   NORTHAMPTON, VINCENNES, PENSACOLA, PHELPS and AYLWIN
   The HORNET group bears 128 T, distant about 8 miles
   and consists of HORNET, MINNEAPOLIS, NEW ORLEANS,
   ATLANTA, WORDEN, MAURY, ELLET and CONYNGHAM, closing
   OTC & CTF 16 in ENTERPRISE. Ship in Condition of
   Readiness 2.
1800   0800 Position 30-48 N, 176-43 E.
1828   0828 ATLANTA assumed formation guide.
2041   1041 Changed course to 235 T, speed to 25 knots.
2200   1200 Position 30-23 N, 175-27 E. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 281.5 T, speed 16.4 kts
2347   1347 Changed speed to 15 knots.
0040   1440 WORDEN and AYLWIN left formation to proceed to rendez-
   vous with CIMARRON.
0221   1621 Changed course to 045 T.
0600   2000 Position 29-47 N. 174-30 E.
0705   2105 Formed cruising disposition 10-V, course and axis 050T,
speed 15 knots, guide in HORNET.
0719   2119 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0759   2159 ENTERPRISE assumed Fleet guide.
 
The following dispatch received from HORNET "SUGGEST
CAUTIONING PILOTS VF PILOT YORKTOWN WOUNDED IN LEG
CRASH LANDED ON DECK X SWITCH OF MACHINE GUNS NOT CUT X
FIVE KILLED INCLUDING ONE OFFICER AND TWENTY INJURED
FROM. GUN FIRED X ANOTHER YORKTOWN VF GUN FIRED AFTER
LANDING SHOTS PASSING OVER PLANES ON DECK AHEAD X NO
INJURIES X)"

(CO ENTERPRISE Serial 0133 of June 8, 1942, copy
attached)






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 7, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course and axis 050 T, speed 15 knots, cruising dis-
   position 10-V. Guide, OTC & CTF 16 in ENTERPRISE.
   Ship in Condition of Readiness 2.
1800   0800 Position 31-35 N, 177-08 E.
1911   0911 Changed Fleet course and axis to 085 T.
2012   1012 Sighted friendly patrol plane bearing 235 T, distant
   25,000 yards.
2131   1131 Sighted U.S.S. FLYINGFISH bearing 213 T, distant about
   11 miles.
2200   1200 Position 31-45 N, 177-55 E. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 058 T, speed 6.6 knots.
2350   1350 Received guard mail from CONYNGHAM.
0600   2000 Position 31-53 N, 179-58 E.
0703   2103 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0942   2342 Two surface craft reported bearing 040 T, distant about
   12 miles, changed course to 175 T.
0954   2354 Resumed base course 085 T. Believe surface vessel con-
   tacts to be WORDEN and MAURY.

(Task Force 16 was retiring today toward a rendezvous
for fueling. We were out of range of enemy shore based
aircraft from Wake, and in an area which Midway search
planes had found to be clear of enemy surface ships.
The cruisers maintained an inner air patrol and the
carrier air groups enjoyed a much needed and well
earned rest)






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 8, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course and axis 085 T, speed 15 knots, cruising dis-
   position 10-V.
1540   0540 NORTHAMPTON reported two surface craft bearing 133 T,
   distant 18,000 yards.
1550   0550 Above two vessels identified as CIMARRON and MONSSEN.
1654   0654 Commenced fueling operations.
1710   0710 ATLANTA directed to escort GUADALUPE from rendezvous to
   present position.
1800   0800 Position 31-50 N, 177-09 W.
1808   0808 Sighted three vessels bearing 214 T, distant 20,000
   yards, identified as MONAGHAN, HUGHES and BALCH re-
   joining this force.
2135   1135 Friendly patrol plane sighted bearing 225 T, distant
   about 10 miles.
2200   1200 Position 31-19 N, 177-19 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 095.2T, speed 10.4 kts.
2305   1305 ATLANTA and GUADALUPE sighted bearing 296 T, distant
   about 9 miles.
0134   1534 Received guard mail from BALCH.
0215   1615 Transferred mail to MONSSEN.
0303   1703 Transferred U.S. mail to CIMARRON.
0435   1835 Completed receiving 53,000 gallons aviation gasoline
   from CIMARRON.
0600   2000 Position 30-23 N. 177-44 W.
0651   2051 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0600   2200 Completed fueling from CIMARRON, 773,728 gallons fuel
   oil received.

(The cruisers provided a six plane inner air patrol to
cover the fueling ships and other units which maneuver-
ed around the tankers)






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 9, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Streaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 062 T, speed 17.5, cruising disposition 10-V.
1640   0640 Commenced fueling operations.
1800   0800 Position 31-05.2 N, 175-15.2 W.
2200   1200 Position 81-28.2 N, 174-24.4 W. Course and speed made
   good since 1200 yesterday: Course 085.7 T, speed 6.
2358   1358 Transferred mail to PHELPS.
0600   2000 Position 32-27 N, 172-18.3 W.
0635   2035 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.

(Cruisers provided a 6 plane inner air patrol to cover
the fueling ships and other units which maneuvered
around the tankers)

(The following dispatch to Commanders Task Force 16 and
17 was published: THE SUPERB PERFORMANCE OF TASK FORCES
16 AND 17 IN THE MIDWAY BATTLE WAS IN CONSISTANCE WITH
THEIR PREVIOUS RECORDS OF BRILLIANT BOLDNESS X THEIR
LOSSES IN PERSONNEL ARE FAR MORE REGRETTED THAN THAT OF
MATERIAL X THE DECISIVE FACTOR IN THE BATTLE WAS THEIR
HEROIC AND RESOLUTE DETERMINATION AND THIS PRODUCED A
GREAT VICTORY FOR THEIR COUNTRY X THE ENEMY MUST AGAIN
BE ASSAILED AND TASK FORCE 16 IS CALLED X ENROUTE TO
THE ALEUTIAN AREA IT IS HOPED THAT THEIR GALLANT
VETERANS WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME WELL AND HARD
EARNED REST X I HAVE FIRM BELIEF IN THE ABILITY OF TASK
FORCE 16 TO DESTROY THE ENEMY THERE AS THEY DID SO
OVERWHEMINGLY IN THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY THEREBY COMPLET-
ING THE REVERSAL OF THE ENEMYS WAR EFFORT")






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 10, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 060 T, speed 20, cruising disposition 10-V.
1345   0345 Heavy fog set in, decreasing visibility to about
   1,000 yards.
1710   0710 Visibility decreased to about 500 yards.
1800   0800 Position 34-30 N, 168-16 W.
1955   0955 Transferred mail to MONSSEN.
2130   1130 Sighted SARATOGA and Task Force 17 bearing 079 T,
   distant about 12 miles.
2200   1200 Position 35-25 N, 167-51 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 055 T, speed 17.2 knots
2240   1240 Fog closed in again, reducing visibility to about
   300 yards.
0045   1445 Visibility increased to about 5,000 yards.
0132   1532 Received mail from MONSSEN.
0600   2000 Position 33-42 N, 167-44 W.
0621   2021 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.

(Heavy fog prevented flight operations and proposed
transfer of planes)

(The following dispatch received by CTF 16 from CTF 17:
"I AM JOINED BY OFFICERS AND MEN OF CTF 17 IN CONGRATU-
LATING TF 16 ON YOUR MANY SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON THE
ENEMY AND THE SPIRIT OF FIGHTING SHOWN")

(The following dispatch received from Cincpac: I HAVE
RECEIVED EXPRESSIONS OF ADMIRATION AND HEARTY CONGRATU-
LATIONS FROM FOURTH ARMY THE PRIMEMINISTER OF AUSTRALIA
THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY GEN MACARTHUR GEN DEWITT AND COM-
MANDING GENERAL WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND ON THEIR DEFEAT
OF THE ENEMY IN THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY X I HAVE FORWARDED
THESE EXPRESSIONS TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF X")






G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 11, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 180 T, speed 12, cruising disposition 10-V.
1313   0313 One long blast of a whistle heard on the starboard bow.
1623   0623 Transferred nail to RALPH TALBOT.
1652   0652 Received 5 torpedo planes and 10 scout-bombers from
   SARATOGA.
1800   0800 Position 31-25 N, 167-52 W.
2200   1200 Position 31-22 N, 167-20 W. Course and speed made good
   since 1200 yesterday: Course 169 T, speed 10 knots.
0600   2000 Position 30-04 N, 165-33 W.
0603   2003 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.

The following dispatch received by Commander Task Force
16 from Commander Task Force 17: "OFFICERS AND MEN OF
TASK FORCE 17 JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING TASK FORCE 16
ON THEIR NUMEROUS SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON THE ENEMY AND
THE FIGHTING SPIRIT SHOWN")

(The following dispatch received""THE FIRST LORD OF THE
BRITISH ADMIRALTY X THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA X
GENERAL MACARTHUR AND GENERAL DEWITT X COMMANDING GENE-
RAL WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND AND FOURTH ARMY HAVE AIL
FORWARDED TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF THEIR EXPRESSIONS
OF PRIDE X ADMIRATION X AND HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO
THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE ARMY X NAVY AND MARINE
CORPS ON THEIR DEFEAT OF THE ENEMY IN THE BATTIE OF
MIDWAY X THIS FROM CINCPAC")





G.D. MURRAY    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 12, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 140 T, speed 17, cruising disposition 10-V.
1800   0800 Position 27-27.5 N, 163-01½ W.
2200   1200 Position 26-43.6 N, 162-16 W. Course and speed made
   good since 1200 yesterday: Course 137 T, speed 16.6.
0033   1433 Launched 4 fighters for first inner air patrol, fol-
   lowed throughout the afternoon by second inner air
   patrol of 4 fighters.
0533   1933 Held routine twilight general quarters for one hour.
0600   2000 Position 25-06 N, 160-38.5 W.





G.D. MURRAY    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE

Operating under Cincpac Secret Operation Plan 29-42.

TASK ORGANIZATION:
   Task Force 16 consisting of Task Groups 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5.

June 13, 1942 Zone Plus 10 Time to Zone Plus 9½ Time.

G.C.T. L.C.T.  
  Steaming as before in company with Task Force 16 on
   course 143 T, speed 18, cruising disposition 10-V.
1624 0624 Sighted friendly B-17 bearing 085 T.
1630 0630 Sighted friendly B-17 bearing 100 T.
1800 0800 Position 22-04.8 N, 158-35.8 W.
1800 0801 BALCH indicated breakdown. Sighted Island of Kauai
   bearing 255 T, distant about 35 miles.
2200 1200 Position 21-12.5 N, 158-34.5 W. Course and speed made
   good since 1200 yesterday: Course 155 T, speed 16.9.
0040 1440 BALCH indicated breakdown. Maneuvered to avoid.
0227 1627 Moored starboard side to berth B-12, Pearl Harbor Navy
   Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.

(The following dispatch received from Commander Task
Force 16 is quoted: "TASK FORCES 16 AND 17 HAVE CONTRI-
BUTED GREATLY AND PROBABLY DECISIVELY TO OUR VICTORY IN
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY BUT UNTIL AFTER ARRIVAL IN PORT OF
ALL TASK FORCES AND UNITS THAT TOOK PART NO ACCURATE
PICTURE OF THE BATTLE AS A WHOLE WILL BE AVAILABLE X IN
THE ACCOUNT OF THE ACTION THAT WILL BE MADE PUBLIC BY
OUR NAVAL HIGH COMMAND WE MAY REST ASSURED THAT FULL
CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN WHERE CREDIT IS DUE X AS IN THE
PAST HOWEVER THE WAR SITUATION IN THE PACIFIC STILL
REQUIRES THE SUPPRESSION OF THE NAMES OF THE UNITS
INVOLVED X CAUTION AIL HANDS NOT TO DIVULGE ANY INFORM-
ATION AFTER OUR RETURN TO PORT")





G.D. MURRAY    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE



TASK ORGANIZATION: - - -
  
June 14, 1942

G.C.T. L.C.T.
 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  G.D.M.       

June 15, 1942

G.C.T. L.C.T.
 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  G.D.M.       

June 16, 1942

G.C.T. L.C.T.
 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  G.D.M.       

June 17, 1942

G.C.T. L.C.T.
 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  G.D.M.       

June 18, 1942

G.C.T. L.C.T.
 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

G.D. MURRAY,      
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.      

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE



TASK ORGANIZATION: - - -
  
June 19, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 20, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 21, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 22, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 23, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 24, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.    

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE



TASK ORGANIZATION: - - -
  
June 25, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 26, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 27, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 28, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

  GDM       

June 29, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.

G.D. MURRAY,    
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.     

 

 


REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE



TASK ORGANIZATION: - - -
  
June 30, 1942

 
  Moored as before, starboard side to Berth B-12,
   Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
   Preparing ship for war operations.
   Captain George D. Murray, U.S. Navy, was
   detached this date, and Captain Arthur C.
   Davis, U.S. Navy, assumed command of ship.

 

 

 

 

A.C. DAVIS,       
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Commanding.