Story by CPO Carla Burdt on 06/05/2019Heroes of Navy past and stood face-to-face with the Navy's future during a ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) June 1 commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.
Three survivors of the Battle of Midway - Aviation Pilot 1st Class Truxton "T.K." Ford, Aviation Radioman 1st Class Charles "Chuck" E. Monroe and Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Ervin "Judge" Wendt, delivered the oath of enlistment to Navy Recruiting District San Diego Future Sailors Paige Dominguez, Emerson Albright and Miles Dixon.
"Being selected to be one of three Future Sailors that had the opportunity to be sworn in by a Battle of Midway survivor was beyond honorable," said Emerson Albright. "Leading up to the event so many emotions ran through me. Having my name called and standing face-to-face with Battle of Midway survivor Senior Chief Wendt, I felt so proud to be able to raise my right hand and be sworn in by a true hero."
The Future Sailors, born more than 50 years after the battle, understand the significance of the sacrifices made by these three veterans and the honor to stand before these heroes.
"As my career in this great military begins, my greatest goal is to live up to the expectations of these great Sailors, and to continue fulfilling the wills of the many Sailors who lost their lives that day back in 1942," said Dixon. "I will carry on their legacy of protecting this great nation, and strive to become better than I was yesterday, in order to help us all become better than we ever knew we could be."
Dominguez said that she felt incredibly privileged to be one of the three Future Sailors chosen to participate in the ceremony, and she feels an immense sense of responsibility to both the survivors and those who lost their lives in the Battle of Midway.
"These men and the ones that were lost in the Battle of Midway, are true, undeniable heroes and we owe them everything," said Dominguez. "They changed the course of history, and it was priceless to be able to meet someone who so humbly and selflessly did their job to protect our country. They truly exemplify honor, courage and commitment."
Dominguez continued, "I will tirelessly work to be worthy of this experience and their sacrifices. I hope that throughout my Naval career and after, I will be remembered by my fellow Sailors and my future children, for always being a strong, moral and kind person. I will wear this uniform with pride, and I am truly ready to step up and grab that baton and walk forward. I am truly thankful to have been given this tremendous, once in a lifetime opportunity."
Following the oath of enlistment, Wendt had these words for the new Sailors: "God bless our Navy and keep taking care of us."
Dominguez will leave for boot camp in August, and Dixon and Albright will leave in September.
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