June 4th marks the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the finest moments in U.S. Navy history that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater.
During the battle, U.S. Navy Adms. Chester W. Nimitz, Frank J. Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance defeated the attacking Imperial Japanese Navy near Midway Atoll. Military historian John Keegan called it “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.”
The Association of the United States Navy proudly commemorates this day, a reminder of why the U.S. Navy is the greatest the world has ever seen. It’s a stirring reminder of what the bravery of our nation’s sailors can accomplish in the most dire of circumstances.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no “Sea of White” at the Navy Memorial this year. But we must still stop and reflect on this important battle. Today, Naval Support Activity Bahrain released a video detailing the Battle of Midway, including the historical context, tactics, and aftermath.
MAIN PHOTO: WASHINGTON (June 4, 2019) Sailors create a “Sea of White” at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 77th commemoration of the Battle of Midway, June 4, 2019. The Battle of Midway is considered by many to be the turning point of World War II in the Pacific and is celebrated as one of the most decisive victories in U.S. naval forces’ history. (U.S. Navy photo by Daemon Pellegran/Released)