Things were bleak at first. America wasn't ready for war. After World War I, we let our guard down and with the coming depression the military was the last thing that Americans were worried about. Our war machine was practically non-existent, so it took a significant amount of time to get the industrial tooling up completed and running in a war production mode. It also took time to train and equip young men to fight, but once America got rolling, she repaired the shortfalls quickly.
By late Spring 1942, the Navy was finally getting her groove in the Pacific. And with a little help from nature as the cloud cover opened up to allow view of the ocean below, a search plane finally located the "mother lode" of Japanese Naval might and reported in. The result is now history; the Navy sank a large number of ships including cruisers, battleships and three aircraft carriers. In one battle waged in the middle of the Pacific, Japan's Naval superiority was neutered.
It took over three long years following the Battle of Midway for America to prevail, but this event allowed America to go on the offensive finally and gain air superiority over the shipping lanes and the rest is history. And it is ironic that on almost the same date two years later, the major push which would change things in Europe would be initiated as well.
How sad, however, that on also nearly the same date, yet many years later, we witness America honoring a deserter while at the same time freeing five of the most dangerous men of menace to this country. For the world's most powerful nation to have a President dishonor his country so dramatically at this time is a sad epitaph to report and a dark blot on our military history. Unlike our great history, it is clear that something is dreadfully wrong with our Ship of State. May God deliver us from this travesty and show those responsible the error of their ways.