On 18 September, the Naval Institute dedicated the Vice Admiral William D. Houser–Battle of Midway Terrace at Beach Hall. We had a wonderful turnout for the event, including Vice Admiral Houser’s widow, Jan Evans Houser, members of his family, and numerous Midshipmen. Former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, U.S. Navy (Retired) made personal, inspiring remarks.
The ceremony included the unveiling of a bronze plaque:
The Vice Admiral William D. Houser–Battle of Midway Terrace
Nowhere are the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment better represented than at the Battle of Midway, 4–7 June 1942.
It is a classic drama in which the underdog comes off the ropes to score a devastating knockout punch. It is replete with moments of phenomenal courage, inspirational sacrifice, clever deception, and fateful decisions.