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SUBJ/71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY//
RMKS/1. On 4 June, we will commemorate the 71st anniversary of one of the
greatest naval engagements in history: the Battle of Midway.
Just six months after suffering a stunning loss at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy
struck a debilitating blow against our adversary's main aircraft carrier
striking force. When the smoke of battle cleared, four of the aircraft
carriers that had taken part in the attack on Pearl Harbor lay on the floor of
the Pacific Ocean. While years of desperate combat and sacrifice still lay
ahead, the tide of battle in the Pacific had turned, and from that point on,
the U.S. was on the offensive.
2. Victory came at a sobering price, as the U.S. carrier YORKTOWN, the
destroyer HAMMONN, 150 aircraft, and more than 300 Sailors were lost. The
debt we owe the heroes of Midway can only be repaid by remembering their deeds
and emulating their intrepid spirit. The survivors of Midway grow fewer each
year, and before too long they will exist only in the annals of history.
Their legacy, however, will live on for as long as the U.S. Navy patrols the
world's oceans. The quality of our service should - must - reflect the
example they set 71 years ago.
3. Though a lifetime has passed since the Battle of Midway, and the world and
our Navy have changed in many ways, the lessons of June 1942 still resonate
today. The Navy-Marine Corps Team, acting decisively in defense of our
Nation's interests, can project more power, across greater distances, more
effectively, than any naval force the world has ever seen. That was
demonstrated at Midway and throughout the Pacific in World War II, and
maintaining that capability is our charge today.
4. We are privileged to be the heirs of the victors of Midway. Next week, at
Navy bases and aboard ships around the world, we will remember their
achievements and honor their legacy. By doing so, we acknowledge the debt we
owe them and reinforce the heritage of warfighting excellence that connects
our generation to that of 1942, and to all Sailors throughout our Navy's
5. Released by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations.//