|Teammates Captain Joe Rochefort and Rear Admiral Eddie Layton|
“You who participated in the Battle of Midway today have written a glorious page in our history. I am proud to be associated with you” — Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (June 4, 1942).
Having received confirmation that the last of Nagumo’s four carriers had been “last seen burning fiercely,” Nimitz radioed the above message to all of his task force commanders. The prelude to this glorious page was written largely by the efforts of the officers and men of Station HYPO. In the preceding weeks and months, Commander Joe Rochefort and his team in the dungeon had successfully navigated dangerous and uncertain waters on the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s path to Midway — but, it wasn’t easy.