Dozens gathered alongside the USS Nautilus on Wednesday to honor two significant WWII battles.
“Our sailors and marines made the difference at Midway and the United States prevailed,” said SUBASE Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Capt. Todd Moore.
The ceremony at the Submarine Force Library and Museum also recognized the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
“As June 6, 1944 dawned, nearly 7,000 ships and landing craft, 7,000, delivered an Allied invasion force numbering some 150,000 personnel to Normandy beaches,” said Capt. Moore.
One person who could not be there this year was recently deceased local Battle of Midway veteran Dean Brown.
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“In June 1942, Dean Brown was a junior radio man stationed aboard USS Trout,” said Naval Submarine Base New London Command Master Chief Raj Sodhi.
Brown’s daughter, Jessica Hoadley, laid a wreath in the Thames River to honor her father and the other fallen heroes.
Some of their D-day accounts were read, evoking emotion and admiration.
“All that there was were things blowing up to your left and things blowing up to your right.”
“Almost immediately after his first detonation German machine guns and artillery zeroed in on the group from the bluffs above.”
“Scheer gathered the supplies from the deceased and set about patching up the living.”
“If we don’t come out and support these types of programs, it kind of makes it look like their effort was almost wasted to me,” said Vietnam Veteran John Waggoner.
Helping to honor the two anniversaries was the West Side Middle School band which played throughout the ceremony. It ended with the band’s rendition of the Navy Hymn.
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