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George Henry Gay, Jr. (MAR 8, 1917-OCT 21, 1994) sole survivor of the 30 VT-8 crewmen that participated in the Battle of Midway.
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ens geo gay recovering from wounds
victory at sea
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At the time (1942) making a big deal out of Ensign Gay was a way to honor the 29 men in his squadron who died as they pressed their impossible fight to the enemy, the ships (Yorktown and Hammann) and the hundreds of sailors who died at Midway. But he also personified a victory, and a very significant one, over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and their aircraft carrier force that had stuck Pearl Harbor six months earlier without a declaration of war. The one-sided victory eclipse the strategic victory over the IJN in the Coral Sea only a month earlier.
(His name, obviously, has acquired a connotation that it didn't possess in 1942.)
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That sounds really good, but there's this battle at Leyte, that happened once.
I will give you short version.
American destroyer. Charges Japanese battleship. Gets within range. Actually causes serious damage. Japanese assume they are defending carriers that cannot escape. Truth even worse. Americans defending escort carriers. Screwed up the river x 2. American ships begin taking serious damage.
Also, cycled aerial bombardment from a nonexistent flight strip. Did i mention that the Japanese were terrified of possible nearby american carriers for some reason? ;)
Secret: American Destroyer on fire. Retreating smoke screen + lens flare? That is my thesis. But I'm not Rommel. He's dead. R.I.P. unless he wants to make a comeback.
Also, The pearl harbour attack thing is complicated. The american carriers were not in port. I do believe that america deliberately left themselves vulnerable (opinion) to attack because the voting population was not in the mood to stop the Nazis, nor did they grasp the fact that their industry had that ability. In short... It's okay to attack and declare war shortly afterwards They acted uniformed men, and they were uniformed men... So... Obviously still immoral... But... Not over the top evil. They expected the Americans to reopen oil supply after a skirmish. Lol. Nope.
Edit: Not 'they acted', they attacked.
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Complicated political situation in the US in 1941? You bet! I'm not into "conspiracies" as a rule but even a shallow reading of history will show that the 'great powers' were pushing Japan hard on the issue of their war against the Chinese. That the Japanese chose to fight rather than to bow to embargoes, et cetera, was not surprising in the least. They built a modern navy, including a Destroyer design so advanced that it became the world standard to emulate, in order to contest with the US and Great Britain. The conspiracy? Leave the rest of the fleet vulnerable but protect the aircraft carriers from harm.
Did you know that the vote for war on December 8th was NOT UNANIMOUS?
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Good. It would be a bit much if someone didn't object to joining or starting a global war. Good thing it's not 1941. Japan's introspection about Peace and War is very deep. China just lagging behind on human rights, as usual *frown*
Question: Is it true that China is secretly 10% Christian. I herd that recently.
Truth about things in China is hard to know with precision-especially if they want it to stay secret. If the number of Christians was even 5% - or one in twenty citizens (1:20) I think that would eventually change the country. Western missionaries began calling in China hundreds of years ago...
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Ensign George Gay, USN, May 1942.
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