The Battle of Coral Sea

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Battle of Coral Sea War has always been a negative social issue among the citizens of America. Some believe we should be involved in everything so we can to show our dominance around the world and others see it as a big problem. War World Two is a different story. After we realized that Hitler was close to succeeding in his plan of imperialism most people were on board to going to war. The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in May 1942. This was a major naval battle that took place in the Coral Sea. This was in an area separating the Solomon Islands, eastern tip of New Guinea, and the northeastern coast of Australia. During World War Two, this area was fought between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the …show more content…
By May 6, Admiral Takagi’s force was well in the Coral Sea. The Port Moresby Invasion Force and Support Group approached the Jomard Passage. Admiral Fletcher decided to attack the Japanese force. American Intelligence informed him that it was certain the Japanese would come through the Jomard Passage on May 7 or 8. Therefore, Admiral Fletcher moved his forces in striking distance by May 7. On May 7, the carrier forces from both sides exchanged airstrikes over two consecutive days. On the first day, the United States used the Lexington and Yorktown to sink the Japanese light carried named Shoho. The Japanese sank an American destroyer and heavily damaged a fleet oiler. On May 8, the Japanese fleet carrier named Shokaku was heavily damaged. The American fleet carrier Lexington was scuttled and the fleet carrier Yorktown was damaged. Both sides suffered heavy losses in aircraft and carriers damaged or sunk. Both fleets disengaged and retired from the battle area. The Japanese called off the invasion of Port Moresby fearing that the Americans still had the capacity to destroy many of their landing craft. As May 8 drew to a close, the Americans losses totaled 66 and postwar interrogations of Japanese survivors of the battle put Japanese aircraft losses higher than 100. The Japanese carrier Zuikaku returned to the area for a few days but eventually withdrew on May 11. Around the same time. The United States carrier Yorktown was called to Pearl
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