By Julie Lucas

NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs Specialist

During World War II, cryptology Sailors hatched a creative plan to outsmart the enemy and the U.S. launched into a battle that lasted several days.

Now, 75 years later, a tribute goes out to the 307 who lost their lives in the Pacific Ocean.

This year's Battle of Midway remembrance included a special all hands meal at the Flight Line Café. NAS Jacksonville Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Jeffery Waters spoke a few words before a special screening of the movie, "The Battle of Midway."

"We all should aspire each day to serve with such honor as these brave men," said Waters.

"This type of dedication and service has left an impression on our Sailors, our Navy and our country for generations to come."

One of the galley patrons said he feels a special tie to World War II as he had service members in his family who fought during the war.

"I was stationed in Japan and remember flying over Midway," said AME1 Jay Miller of VR-62.

"It was very interesting to see where this battle took place."  

A special cake was created for the event by CS2 Tiffany Holt and was cut by NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor, Waters and other Sailors from commands around the base.