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The Battle of Midway had ended with a stunning American victory. However, USS Yorktown was mortally wounded and listing at about 25 degrees. Salvage attempts were underway; there were DDs, a minesweeper and fleet tug around her.
This is from “Miracle at Midway,” Gordon W. Prange, p. 329:
“Daylight had just gushed over the horizon when a rattle of machine-gun fire from Yorktown startled the destroyermen. Lieutenant Commander Donald J. Ramsey, the skipper of Hughes, sent over a detachment to investigate. Much to their surprise, they found Seaman Second Class Norman M. Pichette, suffering from severe abdominal wounds resulting from shrapnel. Despite his painful injuries, Pichette had the raw courage to pull himself up three decks and the presence of mind to do the one thing sure to attract attention- fire a machine gun toward the destroyer.
“The boarding party hurried him to Hughes, where he gasped out that another wounded seaman had been left for dead in Yorktown’s sick bay. Back went the search party and found Seaman First Class George K. Weise, unconscious from a fractured skull. Pichette’s noble effort was his last, for he perished and was buried at sea on June 7, but he had saved his shipmate, who eventually recovered.”