The 2014 Battle of Midway Bracelet

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June 4th marks the 72nd Anniversary of one of the greatest naval engagements that took place in US history:  The Battle of Midway. Just six months after suffering a stunning loss at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy struck a debilitating blow against our adversary's main aircraft carrier striking force.  When the smoke of battle cleared, four of the aircraft carriers that had taken part in the attack on... Pearl Harbor lay on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.  While years of desperate combat and sacrifice still lay ahead, the tide of battle in the Pacific had turned, and from that point on, the U.S. was on the offensive.  Next week, at Navy bases and aboard ships around the world, we will remember their achievements and honor their legacy.  By doing so, we acknowledge the debt we owe them and reinforce the heritage of warfighting excellence that connects our generation to that of 1942, and to all Sailors throughout our Navy's history.  Victory came at a sobering price, as the U.S. carrier YORKTOWN, the destroyer HAMMONN, 150 aircraft, and more than 300 Sailors were lost.  The debt we owe the heroes of Midway can only be repaid by remembering their deeds and emulating their intrepid spirit.  The survivors of Midway grow fewer each year, and before too long they will exist only in the annals of history.  Their legacy, however, will live on for as long as the U.S. Navy patrols the world's oceans.