Navy in Hawaii Marks 70th Anniversary of Battle of Midway

Story Number: NNS120602-04Release Date: 6/2/2012 8:59:00 PM
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From Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Navy in Hawaii is honoring the memory of those who fought in one of the most storied battles of naval history - the Battle of Midway - with several commemorative eventsin early June.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a battle that demonstrated the flexibility and forward presence of naval aviation as a unique strength of the Navy and essential to ensuring the security, prosperity and vital interests of the United States and its allies.

A ceremony held June 1 at U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters featured retired Rear Adm. Mac Showers, 95, the sole surviving member of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz's Pacific Fleet Intelligence Staff

Midway clearly demonstrated the value of communications intelligence when Nimitz's staff was able to intercept Japanese communications and tell him debarkation points of Japanese forces, their rendezvous points at sea and their intended targets. Nimitz also had a good idea of the composition of the Japanese forces and other details of their plans. Most importantly, Midway showed the value of employing combat assets to take advantage of possessing such information.

A naval heritage event was also held June 1 at the Kilo 7/8 pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This event allowed Showers to share his firsthand recollections of World War II and the critical intelligence support to Nimitz. The event was led by area chief petty officers, who will provide information on the Battle of Midway, the role of Station Hypo, and Showers.

The Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Cecil Haney, will fly to Midway Atoll June 4 to commemorate the battle there along with veterans of the battle, others who were stationed at Midway throughout the years following the war and members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers what is now Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Navy Region Hawaii and the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will also hold a wreath-laying ceremony June 4 aboard the USS Arizona Memorial at 8 a.m. World Was II vintage aircraft are scheduled to conduct a flyover of the memorial. Immediately following the ceremony, invited guests will participate in a boat tour of Pearl Harbor highlighting the efforts of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the 14th Naval District Combat Intelligence Unit during World War II.

And for those with military identification and base access, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will host a free outdoor viewing of the 1976 movie "Midway" with Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Ward Field.

The movie is free to active duty members, their families and all other authorized patrons and sponsored guests, who are invited to bring beach chairs and blankets.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) completes a pass-in-review alongside the USS Arizona Memorial during the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.
111207-N-WP746-393 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 7, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) completes a pass-in-review alongside the USS Arizona Memorial during the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Five thousand guests, including 125 Pearl Harbor survivors and other WWII veterans attended the National Park Service and U.S. Navy-hosted joint memorial ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico)
December 7, 2011
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