VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Tuesday was the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway and a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Naval Aviation Memorial on 25th and Atlantic at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
The battle is considered the decisive fight for the Pacific during World War II. Naval aviators attacked and sank four enemy aircraft carriers and a cruiser. Anti-aircraft fire from U.S. surface vessels destroyed almost 250 Japanese planes.
"Japan's losses hobbled its naval might," said Mark Guadagnini with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, at the ceremony. "This one battle alone brought parity between the United States Navy and the Japanese Navy."
"Suffice it to say this battle was not only a turning point in the Pacific War, but it also revolutionized the face of Naval Aviation," said Captain Bob Geiss, CO NAS Oceana.
The Japanese lost more than 3,000 sailors that day. About 300 Americans were killed.
Newport News police officers are in the middle of a massive operation to get wanted criminals out of the neighborhoods. They are rounding up everyone who has an outstanding warrant.
Hampton Roads Transit customers could see higher fares to ride the bus, light rail and ferry.
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