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From: Davis, Joshua M ATC (CVN70)
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 6:44 AM
To: # CVN Officers; # CVN CPO; # CVN 1st Classes; # CVN E1 - E5
Cc: Mallo, Glenn CMDCM (CVN70 CMC)
Subject: Battle of Midway commeration 0930 FAF mess decks today
CARL VINSON TEAM,
Good morning. 65 years ago today, the Battle of Midway was fought and won by the United States Navy against a then-much formidable enemy force. Please join your fellow CARRIER WARRIORS in commemorating the victory of the United States Navy in the Battle of idway-the critical turning point in the war in the Pacific. FAF Mess Decks 0930 today with cake cutting to follow.
Otis Kight has been one of the most colorful and prolific veteran participants on the Roundtable from its earliest days. His many contributions to No Right to Win begin with Chapter 3, which is named for one of his quotes. He was a flight deck seaman with VF-42, which was merged with the Saratoga’s VF-3 aboard USS Yorktown for the BOM. He continued to serve aboard carriers throughout the Pacific War, Korea, and Vietnam, during which he lived through at least two more dramas every bit as hazardous and dramatic as the ordeal of USS Yorktown at Midway.
Kight said the ship wasn't even tied up before Adm. Chester Nimitz, the fleet commander, was on board.
"We knew something was up. There was a four-star on board and we were getting fixed up quick. When you get a 90-day repair in 3 1/2 days, you sort of get the idea that they don't want you there because you were needed somewhere else."
When retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Otis Kight remembers the Battle of Midway,
he remembers the silence.
A deafening silence.
The 83-year-old Virginia Beach man served on the USS Yorktown during World War II's pivotal naval battle in June 1942.
That silence came after his Newport News-built aircraft carrier went dead in the water.
It continued as the 809-foot ship sank below the water, its battle flags still flying.
June 2007 marks the 65th anniversary of the battle.
Partly because he is a member of the ever-shrinking pool of Midway veterans, Kight was honored this week by military members, veterans and defense contractors attending a military symposium in Virginia Beach.
Two years ago, 700 Midway veterans remained, said Jon Youngdahl, who maintains a database of them for Naval Support Activity Washington. Today
there are 340. Nine live in Hampton Roads.
Reunions of Kight's unit grow smaller every year. Of the 138 sailors in his unit at Midway, 17 are left, Kight said. Only seven were well enough to make
it to the last reunion. "A good bunch of guys," Kight said, remembering them as they were 65 years ago. "The Navy suited us well."