- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A ceremony scheduled for Buffalo’s downtown military park this weekend will pay tribute to a local World War II hero who played a key role in the American victory in the Battle of Midway.

On Saturday, the 74th anniversary of the start of the Pacific air and naval battle, local officials will honor Buffalo native Rear Admiral C. Wade McClusky.

The U.S. Naval Academy graduate was a 40-year-old lieutenant commander when on June 4, 1942 he led one of the Navy dive bomber squadrons that sank four Japanese aircraft carriers at Midway. His actions earned him the Navy Cross.

McClusky died in 1976.

He’ll be honored during a ceremony being held late Saturday morning aboard the USS Little Rock, part of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park on the city’s Lake Erie waterfront.

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