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Battle of Midway Lecture

The Battle of Midway was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific; ended Japanese offensive advances, decimated Japan’s ability to provide carrier support for the remainder of the war, and gave tactical and strategic advantage to the United States. Called the Battle that Doomed Japan by the leaders of the Imperial Navy, Midway has long been the subject of significant study by historians, naval exerts, and even deep-sea explorers such as Robert Ballard, the man who found the HMS Titanic.

During the 1980’s Dr. Stephen D. Regan discovered the lost papers of Iowa native and Medal of Honor recipient, Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, at the University of Wyoming. Fletcher was the senior Officer in Tactical Command during the battle. Subsequent research led to the writing of In Bitter Tempest, the biography of Fletcher.

Monday, June 4th at 7 pm in the Robey Memorial Library Community Room, Dr. Regan will be giving a lecture on the Battle of Midway.

Historian, author and former Waukon resident, Dr. Regan spent over thirty years researching World War II in the Pacific, especially the early years of conflict. The Battle of Midway has always been foremost in his studies, and his discovery of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher’s papers and subsequent biography led to a significant re-view of that struggle.
Regan received a BA in history at Upper Iowa University. Later he earned an MS in Minnesota, and a doctorate at the University of South Dakota. Called by his alma mater to return to Fayette, he served as Academic Dean from 1991 to 1995. Now retired, he occasionally teaches graduate seminars and writes nautical articles for various sailing magazines. He continues his studies on the War in the Pacific.

He lives with his wife and pets in Cedar Rapids when not sailing his West Wight Potter.