Fluckey, Eugene Bennett, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1972, 112X, Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG)
Service Years
1935 - 1972
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Washington, DC
Last Address
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Jun 28, 2007
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Dept of Dist of Col.WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Dist of Col. (Member) (Temple Hills, Maryland) - Chap. Page
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

After he retired from the Navy in 1972, Eugene Fluckey and his wife, Marjorie, started running an orphanage in Portugal in 1974. Marjorie died in 1979, after 42 years of marriage. He married his second wife, Margaret, in 1980 and they continued to run the orphanage together until it closed in 1982. He has one daughter, Barbara.

His book, Thunder Below! published in 1992, depicts the exploits of his beloved Barb. "Though the tally shows more shells, bombs, and depth charges fired at Barb, no one received the Purple Heart and Barb came back alive, eager, and ready to fight again."

Fluckey was awarded Eagle Scout in 1948. He is one of only eleven known Eagle Scouts who also received the Medal of Honor. He was an honorary companion of the Maryland Commandery of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. His book Thunder Below! was winner of the 1993 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
Other Comments:

Medal of Honor
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Barb (SS-220)
General Orders: Submarine Board of Awards, Serial 0175 (
February 28, 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Commander Eugene Bennett Fluckey, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. BARB (SS-220) during her ELEVENTH War Patrol along the east coast of China from 19 December 1944 to 15 February 1945. After sinking a large enemy ammunition ship and damaging additional tonnage during a running two-hour night battle on 8 January, Commander Fluckey, in an exceptional feat of brilliant deduction and bold tracking on 25 January, located a concentration of more than 30 enemy ships in the lower reaches of Nankuan Chiang (Mamkwan Harbor). Fully aware that a safe retirement would necessitate an hour's run at full speed through the uncharted, mined, and rock-obstructed waters, he bravely ordered, "
Battle station--torpedoes!" In a daring penetration of the heavy enemy screen, and riding in five fathoms of water, he launched the BARB's last forward torpedoes at 3,000-yard range. Quickly bringing the ship's stern tubes to bear, he turned loose four more torpedoes into the enemy, obtaining eight direct hits on six of the main targets to explode a large ammunition ship and cause inestimable damage by the resultant flying shells and other pyrotechnics. Clearing the treacherous area at high speed, he brought the BARB through to safety and four days later sank a large Japanese freighter to complete a record of heroic combat achievement, reflecting the highest credit upon Commander Fluckey, his gallant officers and men, and the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 4 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS S-42 (SS-153)USS Bonita (SS-165)
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Barb (SS-220)USS Dogfish (SS-350)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Halfbeak (SS-352)COMSUBLANT, COMNAVSUBFORUS Defense Attache Office  (USDAO), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPACUSS Sperry (AS-12)COMSUBGRU 7, COMNAVSUBFORUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)COMSUBPAC, COMNAVSUBFOROffice of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1935-1936, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1936-1938, USS Mccormick (DD-223)
  1938-1938, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1938-1941, USS S-42 (SS-153)
  1941-1942, USS Bonita (SS-165)
  1943-1944, Prospective Commanding Officer Course
  1944-1945, USS Barb (SS-220)
  1945-1945, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1945-1945, USS Dogfish (SS-350)
  1945-1945, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1945-1947, CNO - OPNAV
  1947-1948, USS Halfbeak (SS-352)
  1950-1953, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Lisbon, Portugal
  1954-1955, USS Sperry (AS-12)
  1956-1956, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1961-1964, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
  1966-1968, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1968-1972, 112X, Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)/Battle of Convoy Hi-81
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy1
  1942-1943, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Biography of RADM Eugene B. Fluckey, USN
  Jun 06, 1935, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 06, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Dec 16, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Mar 23, 1945, Congressional Medal of Honor1
  Mar 01, 1954, Promoted to Captain
  Nov 01, 1961, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jan 01, 1972, Retired
  Jul 01, 1997, Thunder Below!1
  Jun 29, 2007, Navy Times article on passing of Rear Admiral Fluckey
  Jun 30, 2007, CNO Statement on Passing of Retired Rear Adm. Eugene Fluckey
  Jul 01, 2007, Eugene B. Fluckey, Daring Submarine Skipper, Dies at 93
  Jul 02, 2007, Naval hero dies
  Jul 02, 2007, Eugene B. Fluckey, 93, a Top Sub Commander, Is Dead
  Jul 02, 2007, Highly decorated WWII ex-admiral dies at 93
  Jul 02, 2007, Eugene Fluckey, iconic admiral credited with daring sub raids
  Jul 02, 2007, Rear Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey; Commanded Submarine Attacks on Japanese Shipping
  Jul 03, 2007, Eugene Fluckey, naval war hero
  Jul 03, 2007, Eugene B. Fluckey, 93; renowned WWII submarine commander
  Jul 03, 2007, Rear Adm. Eugene Fluckey: 1913 - 2007
  Jul 03, 2007, Obituaries | Eugene B. Fluckey
  Jul 03, 2007, Obituaries: Eugene B. Fluckey ('35), 93; renowned WWII submarine commander
  Jul 10, 2007, UK Telegraph Article: Rear-Admiral Eugene Fluckey
  Aug 29, 2007, Navy honors submarine hero1
  Mar 19, 2019, General Photos
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