The tales of United States Navy heroism and audacity are legion.
From John Paul Jones exclaiming, I have not yet begun to fight, to David Farragut's command to, Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, The US Navy has been blessed with remarkable leaders.
Consider Thomas Sprague at the Battle or Samar.
Vastly out-classed by a Japanese fleet of battle ships heavy and light cruisers, Sprague and his tiny Taffy 3 squadron of a few destroyers, destroyer escorts and escort carriers, nonetheless, attacked the far superior opposing force.
Ad after sinking several enemy cruisers, Sprague forced the Japanese to withdraw, but with the loss of much of his squadron.
Now, who in their right mind attacks a vastly superior opposing fleet with a few destroyers and little escort aircraft carriers?
My favorite story, and I am not certain it isn't apocryphal,.
Arleigh Burke had somehow led his task force into a Japanese mine field.
When Halsey cabled him, What are you doing in a mine field, Burke replied, 31 knots.
Here's the sailors of the United States Navy, then and now.
Here's to the the brave men of the USS Arizona and to their shipmates that made the other guys pay a huge price.
Where do we get such men; and now, such women?