Sailors Commemorate the Battle of Midway

Story Number: NNS170626-23Release Date: 6/26/2017 11:53:00 AM
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By Chief Fire Controlman William Gordon, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors from the Center for Security Forces Detachment San Diego took pause to commemorate the Battle of Midway aboard the ship that carries the namesake, Jun 5.

The Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942, is one of the major turning points for the war in the Pacific during World War II. Acting on gathered intelligence, the U.S. Pacific fleet intercepted the attacking Japanese fleet sinking multiple ships that included the four aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor.

Sailors from CENSECFOR Detachment San Diego visited the ship and held a small ceremony to commemorate the battle.

"The battle occurred a mere six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and up to this point American forces had suffered a series of defeats at the hands of the Japanese," said Lt. Cmdr. Ian Garrison, CENSECFOR Detachment San Diego officer-in-charge. "The Battle of Midway changed all this and allowed American forces to move into an offensive position. The victory at Midway, in the face of numerically superior Japanese, epitomizes American determination and grit."

USS Midway (CV 41) was commissioned September 10, 1945; eight days after Imperial Japan's surrender to allied forces in Tokyo Bay. She deployed during the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. The ship was decommissioned April 11, 1992 and on June 7, 2004, 62 years after the battle for which the ship was named, Midway opened to the public as a naval museum.

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