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'Midway' may be the WWII Navy flick that will help us forget how bad 2001's 'Pearl Harbor' was
It's about time the heroism and sacrifice made by the sailors of the U.S. Navy during World War II had a recent tribute on the big screen that isn't just an action-packed overused-cliché fest — with an awkward love triangle jammed in — like 2001's Pear Harbor, or the also very bad USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage that starred Nicholas Cage.
It's too soon to know for sure if Midway, which hits theaters on Nov. 8, will successfully pay homage to America's sea service, or lean heavily on CGI gimmicks and nonstop explosions to make up for a lack of character development and reflection on the horrors of war.
But the recently released teaser trailer for Roland Emmerich's military drama certainly looks like it'll at least be better than the most recent additions to the World War II Navy genre.
Admittedly, that's a low bar.
The Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, and the focus of 1976 film by Charlton Heston of the same name. Emmerich, who also directed Independence Day — if you want to get a sense of just how many explosions and dogfights we'll be getting — told USA Today that he's wanted to make a film about the battle for years, but after the star-studded disaster that was Pearl Harbor, he "had to wait."
And though star power isn't enough to carry a movie — just like firepower doesn't make up for bad strategy — the cast of leading men in Midway is a who's who of acting chops (and inhumanly perfect chins) with Luke Evans as Lt. Cmdr. Wade McClusky, and Woody Harrelson as Adm. Chester Nimitz, along with Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid, and Aaron Eckhart.
The film will follow three story lines, which we catch glimpses of during the two-minute teaser trailer: The servicemen at sea during the fight; the code breaking which alerted American forces of an impending Japanese attack; and another subplot set in Japan, as they plan an attack on U.S. forces at Midway Atoll in the Pacific, according to USA Today.
The four-day sea and air battle ended on June 7, 1942, with the U.S. Pacific fleet successfully defeating the larger Japanese force — destroying four enemy aircraft carriers, and losing one of its own: The USS Yorktown. The victory at the Battle of Midway paved the way for an Allied offensive that continued into the Pacific through a deadly island-hopping campaign that took a heavy toll on American and Japanese forces alike, before finally ending with Japan's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.
That ultimate victory may not have been possible had Japan's navy not been beaten back at Midway, due to the battlefield bravery and selflessness of the naval aviators and sailors who carried the day.
So will it take away our nightmares of the Batfleck love triangle that was Pearl Harbor? We can only hope.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
Thanks to roughly 700 pages of newly-publicized secret Iranian intelligence cables, we now have a good idea as to why.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.
For one veteran who fought through the crossfires of German heavy machine guns in the D-Day landings, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his service and that of his World War II comrades would be "quite meaningful."
Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to award the Army Rangers of World War II the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
An airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was arrested and charged with murder on Sunday after a shooting at a Raleigh night club that killed a 21-year-old man, the Air Force and the Raleigh Police Department said.