"Rangers Lead The Way" Well as one to another I will let you in on a little secret, a Ranger secret. If every one of the Rangers that said they heard and personally witnessed Brigadier General Norm Cota,at the time the assistant division commander of the 29th Infantry Division, make that statement to Max Schneider's 5th battalion Rangers on Omaha Beach, there would have been nothing but rangers in the U S Army of 1944.
Personally I don't know if Cota said any such thing. I have heard both sides of the issue, but it does make a heck of a good story. I even have a coffee mug from Benning with Rangers Lead the Way on it.
Same goes for those that said they were the very ones that said " General Lee to the Rear" during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. Had the number that claimed to say that, been all that said they had, you would be living today in the Confederate States of America.
Now down to business. I don't know the answer to your question, but I know where to find it, and if I get a chance after church tomorrow I will research it for you, and let you know.
Now about what does not make sense to you. There were as you know six carriers in the Pearl Harbor raid. In the years preceding the war the Japanese had developed integrated strike packages from multiple carriers, under one designated strike leader. At Pearl that leader was Fuchida. It was not unusual then for each of the carriers involved to contribute part of their air group, that when combined with those of other carriers would form the strike package. The strike on Midway Island on the morning of 4 June 42 was composed of aircraft from all of the carriers as well, that time under Tomonaga from Hiryu.
If you are interested in Japanese Naval aviation from Pearl to Midway, let me suggest "Shattered Sword". It is an invaluable reference. Its counterpart for the USN is "First Team", another cannot do without book.