The year ending March 1, 1945 was "without precedent in naval history." So wrote Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King in a cold and prideful report made public last week. In those twelve months the Navy:
¶ Fought 72 great and little battles, among them the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle for Leyte Gulf.
¶ Aided the invasion of Europe.
¶ Pushed the Pacific frontier 3,000 miles closer to Tokyo. (In a historic 19 daysJan. 31 to Feb. 19the throbbing Navy, spread-eagling the Pacific, supported landings at Nasugbu on Luzon, bombarded Manila Bay, supported landings at Mariveles and Corregidor,...