And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods?
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Director John Ford served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II making films. Here is a film that he made as a tribute to the men of Torpedo Squadron Eight from the Hornet, who, as noted last week in a post on Midway, which may be read here, played a pivotal role, along with Torpedo Squadron 6 from the Enterprise, by their sacrificial heroism in attacking the well guarded Japanese carriers, knowing that they would almost certainly not survive. The film was originally intended only for the families of those gallant men, all but one of whom died in their attack on the Japanese carriers on June 4th.
It is a sad fact of war that brave men must die. It speaks well for humanity however that so many men are willing to give up life itself to defend their loved ones and what they believe in.