Wednesday, December 03, 2008


There's been a fair amount of talk among the Naval blogs recently about Ethos, in conjunction with the release of their new "ethos." Lots of good stuff, but I'm surprised no one pulled out this old gem (believe I stole it from Lex's awhile ago):

On June 4, 1942, near Midway Island in the Pacific, many naval aviators and flight crews gave their lives to unflinchingly pursue and destroy a powerful Japanese invasion force of superior aircraft carrier strength.

These men of Torpedo Squadron Eight are gone.

The memory of their courage and determination will forever be an ideal for Navy flying men to follow.

These men, pilots and flight crews of other squadrons who participated in this action, have written the most brilliant pages in the glowing history of our Naval air forces.

Lex's prose is worth checking out, but if you don't take anything else from it, take this:

“If there is only one plane left to make a final run-in,” he told his men, “I want that man to go in and get a hit. May God be with us all. Good luck, happy landings, and give ‘em hell.”
–LCDR John C. Waldron

Ethos. Full stop.