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THE MIDWAY VETERANS OF NO RIGHT TO WIN:
CDR RALPH V. WILHELM, USN-Retired
Left: Wilhelm as a lieutenant in 1944. Right : Wilhelm in 2003.
Ralph “Kaiser” Wilhelm was a SOC (scout aircraft) pilot aboard the cruiser USS Portland in the Coral Sea and Midway battles. He unwittingly made a major contribution to our knowledge of life aboard the Portland and in a SOC cockpit during those times by keeping a detailed diary until the Navy banned personal diaries late in 1942. His log of daily events has been of significant interest on the Roundtable, particularly his entry for 4 June 1942. For the details on that see pages 231-232 in No Right to Win.
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