2006 BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION

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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE 2006 MARKS THE 
COMMEMORATION OF THE 64TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY.  THIS 
BATTLE IS LARGELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VICTORIES 
WON BY AMERICAN SAILORS IN WORLD WAR II.  FOUGHT ON AND AROUND THE 
TINY CENTRAL PACIFIC ATOLL OF THE SAME NAME BETWEEN 4 AND 7 JUNE 
1942, IT MARKED THE POINT AT WHICH THE JAPANESE PACIFIC OFFENSIVE 
STOPPED AND THE ALLIED OFFENSIVE BEGAN. 
3.  MORE CRITICALLY, THE BATTLE ENABLED AMERICANS TO TURN THEIR 
ATTENTION TO THE FIGHT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, AS WELL AS OPERATIONS 
IN EUROPE, AFRICA, AND THE ATLANTIC, AND THUS STRENGTHENED 
COMMITTMENT TO WINNING A TWO-FRONT WAR. 
4.  IT IS TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THIS LARGER PURPOSE AND TO HONOR THE 
SACRIFICES AND HEROISM OF THOSE THREE FATEFUL DAYS THAT WE MUST 
PAUSE AND REFLECT. 
5.  I INVITE COMMANDS TO VISIT THE SPECIAL MIDWAY MATERIAL POSTED ON 
THE NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER S WEBSITE AT 
WWW.HISTORY.NAVY.MIL/FAQS/FAQ81-1.HTM.  THERE YOU WILL FIND A 
CONCISE OVERVIEW OF THE BATTLE, ORAL HISTORIES, RELEVANT SPEECHES, 
AND EVEN A SAMPLE MIDWAY NIGHT AGENDA.  THE NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER 
ALSO MAINTAINS A DATABASE OF SOME 550 VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF 
MIDWAY.  COMMANDS WISHING TO INCLUDE MIDWAY SURVIVORS IN THEIR 
CEREMONIES CAN CONTACT THE CENTER AT (202) 433-7174/DSN 288-7174, OR 
VIA EMAIL AT ARCHIVES@NAVY.MIL. 
6.  THE BRAVE SAILORS WHO FOUGHT AT MIDWAY, DECLARED ADMIRAL CHESTER 
W. NIMITZ, WROTE "A GLORIOUS PAGE IN OUR HISTORY."  PLEASE TAKE TIME 
THIS YEAR TO HONOR THEM AND THAT EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY.  REMEMBER 
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY. 
7.  RELEASED BY ADM MIKE MULLEN, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.// 
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