R 201922Z MAY 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/73RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N00//
RMKS/1. On 4 June 1942, just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor,
the Japanese Navy steamed towards Midway Atoll with the intent of capturing
the base so as to lure and destroy the remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Unbeknownst to the Japanese, their naval code had been broken and the U.S.
was prepared for the attack. On 3 June a U.S. Navy patrol plane pilot
spotted the Japanese warships, and U.S. forces were deployed to counter the
thrust. The ensuing Battle of Midway, (4-6 June), would spell the beginning
of the end for Japanese naval dominance. By the battle?s conclusion the
Japanese had lost four carriers and hundreds of trained aviators. This turn
of events enabled the U.S. to swing into the offensive in the Solomons, and
helped to set the U.S. and its allies on the path to ultimate victory in the
2. The Battle of Midway's outcome can be attributed to the courage and
fighting spirit of the Sailors, Marines and Soldiers who were there. From
attacks against Japanese carriers by torpedo squadrons from the USS Hornet
(CV 8), USS Enterprise (CV 6), and USS Yorktown (CV 5), to the defense of the
island from incoming enemy bombers and fighters, to the aviators who took the
fight to the enemy at sea, all are examples of the courage and fighting
spirit that deserve recognition and honor.
3. Everyday I see our Sailors heroically engaging our adversaries, as well
as assisting victims of natural disasters and displaying goodwill around the
world. I am proud to say that the courage displayed at Midway 73 years ago
is alive today.
4. Next month Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM),
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Commander, Naval Installations
Command (CNIC), and many others will execute Midway commemorative events
around our Navy. Significant events include an "11-Star" commemoration aboard
the USS MIDWAY Museum in San Diego, a COMPACFLT wreath laying ceremony and
commemoration event, and within the National Capital Region, the Vice Chief
of Naval Operations (VCNO) will host a ceremony on 4 June at the Navy
Memorial. Additionally, you can join the Midway conversation on social media
using #Midway73 and learn more about the Battle of Midway at
5. Part of our mission as naval professionals is to preserve and celebrate
our rich naval history and heritage. Understanding our past is the key to
developing strategies to handle the challenges of the future, which is
fundamental to building and operating the Navy our nation requires.
6. Released by Captain J. R. Wyatt, Director, Navy Staff (Acting).