NASWI Commemorates Battle of Midway

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island

OAK HARBOR, Wash. – Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hosted a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base, June 4.

The Battle of Midway is deemed as the turning point in the Pacific during World War II. U.S. Navy carrier strike forces defeated an Imperial Japanese navy carrier task force during the Battle of Midway June 3-7, 1942, marking the U.S. Navy’s prominence and the age of carrier aviation.

“The Battle of Midway is the story of the people,” said NASWI Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Phillips. “They were outgunned and outmanned, but they persevered. We salute and honor them today.”

Retired Cmdr. Harry Ferrier and retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5).

“It’s important to remember the heritage of our Navy and nothing beats hearing from the voices of the heroes themselves,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Charles Winters. “The Navy keeps changing every day, but we must never forget the blood that has made this country free.”

Phillips said that Ferrier was deployed to the Battle of Midway June 1st, just three days prior to the battle. Ferrier was one of three survivors out of 48 who flew into battle.

“I was fortunate to have a wonderful pilot who flew a crippled airplane,” Ferrier said. “My pilot and I walked when we landed on Midway.”

Ferrier said, he was grateful for his Sailors and the Navy.

“It’s my privilege to honor these men that went into battle that day and gave their lives to our nation,” Ferrier said.

Lasell spoke of his memories from the day USS Yorktown sank.

“I noticed we were right in the target of the bomb that dropped on the flight deck and onto the hangar deck,” Lasell said.

The commemoration ended with a wreath laying in Crescent Harbor and with closing remarks from Phillips.

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Phillips and guests salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harry Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Phillips and guests salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harry Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and Retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and Retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Phillips, retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the gun salute at a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Phillips, retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the gun salute at a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and Retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 4, 2013) (From left) Retired Cmdr. Harvey Lasell and Retired Cmdr. Harrier Ferrier salute the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard during a commemoration of the Battle of Midway at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base. Lasell and Ferrier were the honored guest speakers at the commemoration. Ferrier was 17 when he was a radioman/gunner and flew into battle June 4, 1942 in a Grumman TBF-1 “Avenger”. Lasell was 27 when he was the fire control division officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

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