Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day is observed next on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 (95 days from today).

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Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day is observed annually on March 1st since 2002 to honor the Asiatic Fleet that played a key role in World War II.

History of Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day

All U.S. service personnel and veterans deserve recognition and tribute to the U.S. Asiatic Fleet.

The United States Navy's presence in the Far East dates back to 1822. The Asiatic Fleet was founded in 1902, re-established in 1910 and resumed in 1942. Years of instability and turmoil have passed through the years. Combined, the Fleet protected American lives and interests along the Chinese coast and the Yangtze River, carrying the same diplomatic responsibilities as the Navy. The fleet also supports civilian areas ravaged by nature and internal warfare.

When the attack on Pearl Harbor pushed the United States into World War II, the Asiatic Fleet played an important role in the defense of the Philippines. Outnumbered and more powerful both at sea and in the air, the Fleet was joined by ships of the British, Dutch, and Australian navies against the Japanese advance through what is now Indonesia. Fleet destroyers attacked the Japanese at Balikpapan and Badung Strait, and the cruiser Marblehead fought her way through massive air raids off Bali while the submarines, running low on fuel and torpedoes, attacking Japanese supply lines.

The battle for the ‘‘Malay Fence’’ culminated in the Java Sea. During the opening hours of 1 March 1942, the American cruiser Houston and the Australian cruiser Perth, outnumbered and more powerful than the Japanese, fought to the final battle in the Sunda Strait. They come down with their guns still opened fire and was followed for several hours by the British cruiser Exeter. The remaining Allied ships were then ordered to sail for Australia.

The Asiatic fleet is no more, but a legacy of bravery and selfless dedication helped propel our Navy to victory in World War II. Since then, the 7th Fleet has carried out Asiatic Fleet missions, earned honors in Korea and Vietnam, and helped preserve peace and stability in East Asia. The men and women of our Navy services who witnessed the Cold War come to a peaceful end and win Operation Desert Storm are worthy descendants of sailors and Marines who have won glory before all Americans to join me in welcoming a proud legacy of bravery and respect.

In accordance with Public Law No. 105-261 of October 17, 1998, Congress authorized and required the President to issue a proclamation in memory of the U.S. Navy's Asiatic Fleet.

Celebrating Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring all American personnel and veterans of World War II and also to pay tribute to the Asiatic Fleet that was destroyed by Japan during the war. On this day, people gather and honor all the veterans and the ship that was a major component of the World War after Pearl Harbor. Do not forget sharing your celebration by posting some photos on the social media with the hashtag #AsiaticFleetMemorialDay.

Observed

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day has been observed annually on March 1st.

Dates

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

Friday, March 1st, 2024

Saturday, March 1st, 2025

Also on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

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