C. Wade McClusky Jr., was born in Buffalo in 1902, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926 and earned his pilot's wings a few years later. For his actions at The battle of Midway, McClusky was awarded the Navy Cross. He faced a tough decision on June 4, 1942: turn his low-on-fuel U.S. Navy air squadron around or keep searching for the Japanese fleet headed for Midway. He decided to go on, and the dive bombers he led that day in the Battle of Midway helped turn the tide of the war in the Pacific. On Sunday, 75 years to the day of his heroics, a planned bronze statue of McClusky is being unveiled in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, as part of a new public memorial dedicated to the local war hero. McClusky retired as a rear admiral in 1956.