Battle of Midway commemorated on 72nd anniversary

PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By Jacquelyn Tacotaco and Jon Rombaoa

The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway was commemorated Friday at the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters.

The Battle of Midway is regarded by historians as one of the greatest battles and victories in the history of the U.S. Navy and is recognized as one of the most significant and critical turning points in the Pacific during World War II.

"The Battle of Midway was a turning point in our war and the most important step as we pushed across the pacific toward victory over Japan," said Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr.

With the help of Navy Intelligence and Cryptologic teams decrypting Japanese code, the U.S. Navy carrier strike forces, backed by shore-based bombers and torpedo planes, were able to stop an impending attack.

"This is indeed a special day because 70 years ago, we launched the landing of D-Day at Normandy and 72 years ago was the Battle of Midway," said Harris. "So the 6th of June is a special day in the history of the U.S. Military and we should acknowledge that this morning."

While many remember events that happened during the Battle of Midway, Admiral Harris remembers the important lessons he learned from the battle.

"We realize it is not enough to remain eternally vigilant to familiar threats," said Harris. "But we must also strive to anticipate entirely new methodologies of attacks."

Follow Hawaii News Now:   

Copyright 2014 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.