Memorial Day Continues: 65 Years Ago Today

USS Yorktown

While Memorial Day was marked a week ago today, the spirit behind it lives on. The Battle of Midway in the Pacific was fought 65 years ago today, decisively tipping the war in favor of the United States, even though the conflict had many more years to run its pace.

Six months after the decimation of the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, U.S. ships confronted their Japanese adversaries and, after three days of battle, sank four enemy aircraft carriers and shifted the military advantage. Donald Goldstein, a history professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has written a book about the battle, “Miracle at Midway” and he says,

Japan’s military never recovered from the loss because its industrial sector was unable to manufacture replacement aircraft carriers quickly enough to retake the advantage.

As much a today’s political candidates for the highest office in the land talk about war and their views on it, listen to how few, if any, talk about the state of manufacturing that lies behind our preparedness. Here’s another lesson that a thriving, strong manufacturing sector is important to any nation that would lead the Free World.

Click here for an AP story today about this important milestone in World War II. (Pictured is the current USS Yorktown, named for a predecessor ship tha was sunk at the Battle of Midway. It is the oldest Naval aircraft carrier still afloat today.)

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