Seventy years ago this week, the United States Navy engaged in a battle which is recognized in military circles as the most important naval battle in the was against Japan. It was won by highly trained naval aviators flying inferior aircraft and at a tremendous loss in flight crews.
Meanwhile the American flight crews continued raids against German held areas in Europe and Germany itself. The losses were unbelievably high with a total of killed, wounded or captured greater than the combined losses of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.
If not for the sacrifices of these airmen which gave us not only ultimate victory but a head start in nuclear weapons development we well could be speaking Japanese or German today.
Not one member of the court can remember the events described, but each of us has profited by the skill displayed by dedicated aviators who participated in the actions which gave us ultimate victory.
I submit that it is time to stop fighting those who are training to protect our country and to accept the generous offer the U.S. Navy has made to take over a facility which was in effect given to the citizens of Goliad County.
Goliad County veterans overwhelmingly support the action to stop fighting the Navy. But, this is not just the responsibility of the veterans who recognize this as a patriotic responsibility. It is time for the contributions of our armed forces past-present and future to be recognized.