Groton - The Naval Submarine Base will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Midway Monday.

Capt. Marc W. Denno, base commander, will speak at the ceremony at the Submarine Force Library and Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus Pier, 1 Crystal Lake Road, at 9 a.m. The battle, a major victory over the Imperial Japanese fleet, was a turning point for U.S. forces.

Also attending will be retired Master Chief Radioman Deen Brown, who participated in the battle as a crew member on the USS Trout (SS-202), a Tambor-class submarine that served in the Pacific from 1941 to 1944. Denno and Brown will lay a wreath in the Thames River to honor those who died in the battle. The event is free.

The Trout left for its 11th war patrol in February 1944. Brown, who had made eight war patrols, was not on board, having been sent to school. It encountered a Japanese convoy and managed to sink one transport ship and damage another before it apparently was sunk by Japanese destroyers. The Trout, with 81 crew members, was presumed lost April 17, 1944.

The Subase Silver Dolphins and the West Side Middle School band will perform.

- Jennifer McDermott


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