Why does the Battle of the Coral Sea Matter?

Aboard the USS intrepid in New York harbor, President Donald Trump commemorated the Battle of the Coral Sea that occurred in World War Two. This was a four-day battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and The United States Navy. It was the first setback for the rampaging forces, but the key was that it was a carrier-fought battle, It changed the way all navies viewed control of the seas and oceans. It is a great moment in Navy history. You will learn things in this article.

As Written By JAMES P. PINKERTON for Breitbart:

On Thursday night, President Trump commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Speaking from the deck of the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid, permanently berthed in the waters of New York Harbor, Trump paid tribute to the sailors and airmen who fought in that long-ago combat; indeed, seven of the old salts, now in their nineties, were in the audience, and Trump respectfully named each one.

Trump also paid due tribute to the 656 Americans who lost their lives in that battle against the Imperial Japanese Navy, which stretched over four days, May 4 to May 8, 1942.

One of “the heroes that never returned,” the President recalled, was a Navy flyer, Jack Powers, who was killed as he dive-bombed an enemy ship.  Later that year, the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, paid tribute to Powers in a nationwide radio address.  And now, speaking of all the heroes of that battle, the 45th President declared that it’s the duty of Americans to “keep their history alive.”

In addition, the President honored the gallant Australian contribution.  That’s right and proper, too, especially since the Aussies have honored us.  Indeed, earlier this month, American veterans of the battle were feted at a ceremony Down Under.  And so on Thursday, it was gratifying to see Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, at Trump’s side; Trump recalled that for more than a century now, America and Australia have been on the same side in all our wars.  As the President put it, “Our brave warriors have fought shoulder to shoulder.”

The Battle of the Coral Sea is most significant for two reasons:

First, during World War II, the engagement thwarted the planned Japanese attack on Port Moresby, on the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia.  If the Japanese had taken Port Moresby, they would have been in a strong position next to invade Australia, which would have been catastrophic not only for Australians, but also for the war effort, as that country was the base of U.S. operations in the Pacific Theater.

CONTINUE READING ABOUT THE BATTLE HERE: President Trump Remembers the Battle of the Coral Sea and Its Lessons

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