There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Wednesday, June 8, 2011




To put it plainly,
the Japanese have been
whuppin’ us.

Pearl Harbor,
the Phillipines,
and then the Coral Sea.

Pounding us silly.
Killing our boys.
Humiliating America.

But at Midway
our glorious Navy downed
more than 300 planes.

They destroyed
the Kaga, the Soryu,
the Hiryu, and the Akagi.

Three of these carriers
had surprised us at
Pearl Harbor.

Now it’s our turn
for surprises!
Revenge is sweet.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command.