Friday, June 5, 2009

Remembering the Battle of Midway

Sixty-seven years ago this week, the Battle of Midway, considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific, was fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway.

Adm. Chester Nimitz, who was commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time, and a namesake of U.S. Pacific Command’s Nimitz-MacArthur Command Center headquarters building, called the June 4-7, 1942 battle “A glorious page in our history.”

The Naval Historical and Heritage Center website includes an extensive overview of the battle.

Each year at this time, the U.S. Navy leads commemorations to recognize the sacrifice and accomplishments of those who fought, Navy heritage, and the strategic significance of the battle.

From the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. to Yokosuka, Japan, where U.S. and Japanese Sailors recognize the anniversary side-by-side, a pause is taken to reflect on a past that will not be forgotten.

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