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Mark Levin: Many Don’t Know Battle of Midway, and When We Lose Our History, We’ll Lose Our Country

By Michael Morris | June 5, 2019 | 12:37pm EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Tuesday, host Mark Levin detailed the Battle of Midway, suggesting that many have not heard about it and explaining that when we lose our history, we’ll lose our country.

“Ever hear of the Battle of Midway?” asked Mark Levin. “Not many have heard about the Battle of Midway. Do you know about the Battle of Midway? Do you know when it took place? I suspect most who are 30 years old or younger do not. I was never taught about these various wars, except at a surface level when I was in public school, and that’s, you know, several decades ago. And I suspect it’s even less significant today in the classroom. And when we lose our history, we’re going to lose our country.”

Mark Levin reads from and cites a piece from the Encyclopedia Britannica online on the Battle of Midway that took place from June 3-6, 1942 during World War II between the Pacific forces of the United States and Japan.

Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, from Mark Levin’s show on Tuesday:

“Ever hear of the Battle of Midway? Not many have heard about the Battle of Midway. Do you know about the Battle of Midway? Do you know when it took place? I suspect most who are 30 years old or younger do not. I was never taught about these various wars, except at a surface level when I was in public school, and that’s, you know, several decades ago. And I suspect it’s even less significant today in the classroom. And when we lose our history, we’re going to lose our country.

“And so, I want to briefly tell you – those who know, just an additional edification; those who don’t, a first time – about the Battle of Midway that took place from June 3 through June 6, 1942, 77 years ago. And I do it with the help of the Britannica encyclopedia.

“Now, when I was a kid, they were all lined up on a shelf – Britannica. Today I don’t know that anybody even has these encyclopedias anymore. They just go online.

“So, it was a ‘World War II naval battle, fought almost entirely with aircraft, in which the United States destroyed Japan’s first-line carrier strength and most of its best trained naval pilots. [And t]ogether with the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Midway ended the threat of further Japanese invasion in the Pacific.’ So it was hugely important.

“‘Despite a setback in May 1942 in the indecisive Battle of the Coral Sea, the Japanese had continued with plans to seize Midway Island and bases in the Aleutians. Seeking a naval showdown with the numerically inferior U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Yamamoto Isoroku sent out the bulk of the Japanese fleet, including four heavy and three light aircraft carriers, with orders to engage and destroy the American fleet and invade Midway.’

“Now, if the Japanese had succeeded, they would have controlled the Pacific.

“‘The Battle of Midway brought the Pacific naval forces of Japan and the United States to approximate parity and marked a turning point of the military struggle between the two countries.’

“The Battle of Midway – you know where I first really learned about the Battle of Midway? By a movie about Midway.

“Now, this is American history – battle after battle, hero after hero, defending this country, defending its people. And then I listen to the talk today about people who’ve never served – some who have served but most who haven’t – trashing our country from universities and colleges, trashing our country in the pages of the Democrat Party press. Oh, they say they support the military, but they have a funny way of showing it. Kaepernick, and others, protesting. Protesting what? They haven’t sacrificed a d--- thing.”

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