BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Officials celebrated a local hero and Navy veteran from Buffalo for the 74th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Midway.
The Battle of Midway is known as the most important naval battle of the pacific from World War II.
Rear Admiral C. Wade McClusky, risked his life and others in his squadron to continue the search for a Japanese fleet. He provided the exact coordinates of the fleet to inflict irreparable damage to it which had just torpedoed and sank the Yorktown.
Erie County Clerk, Chris Jacobs and Congressman Brian Higgins took the time Saturday to celebrate his heroic actions.They said he’s a true war hero and the local recognition was long overdue.
Jacobs hopes this inaugural ceremony will help increase awareness and raise funds to create a memorial at the Naval Park and at South Park high school.
“One heroic act literally has the potential to change the course of history and of course, it’s our belief as Buffaloanians that something special that’s here in the water and the way that C. Wade McClusky was raised here in south Buffalo that gave him the resilience and the passion and the love of this country to do what he did,” said Jacobs.
A Navy vessel was named in honor of McClusky and the Wade McClusky award is also named in his honor and is given annually to the most outstanding attack squadron in the U.S. Navy.