June 6, 2016

June 6, 1944


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These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war." -- President Ronald Reagan

Fuzzy reminds us that today is also the anniversary of the Battle of Midway. That naval encounter was at least as important to winning the war in the Pacific as the invasion of Normandy was to defeating Hitler. In fact, Midway was almost a larger gamble. The Navy went in all or nothing and a defeat at Midway likely would have set the war effort back years against the Japanese.

2 comments:

Ed Bonderenka said...

Good to remember.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Midway was the Gettysburg of the Pacific. It's uncanny how many parallels there are. I considered writing that as my master's thesis, but my thesis was overtaken by events.

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