At the Battle of Midway, on June 4,1942, Bill Roy took station on the signal bridge and made motion and still pictures of the battle. When the order came to abandon the crippled Yorktown, he preserved the historic film footage by taping the cans of film to his life jacket. --
The carrier USS Yorktown is on fire after a Japanese bomb went down her smoke stack during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. The picture was taken by PhoM2/C Bill Roy, a Navy photographer aboard the ship.