CDR Eugene B. Fluckey (1945)

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

RADM Eugene Bennett Fluckey USN (1913-2008)

Eugene Bennett Fluckey was born in Washington, DC on 5 October 1913 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935. Ensign Fluckey’s first assignments, aboard the battleship Nevada and the destroyer McCormick were followed in 1938 by instruction at the Submarine School, Groton, CT. In December of that year, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Fluckey was assigned to the submarine S-42. He served in USS Bonita in 1941-1942, during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant.

From mid-1942 to early 1944, he received Naval Engineering instruction and attended Prospective Commanding Officers’ School at New London, then went to the Pacific where he made a war patrol as Prospective Commanding Officer of the submarine Barb. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in May 1943 and Commander in March 1944, he assumed command of Barb in late April of the latter year. During five war patrols Commander Fluckey’s initiative and aggressiveness cost the enemy at least sixteen ships, many small craft and facilities ashore, earning a Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses for himself, and Presidential Unit Citations and the Navy Unit Commendation for Barb.

In August 1945, Commander Fluckey became Prospective Commanding Officer of the Dogfish, then under construction at Groton, CT. However, this assignment ended after a few months and he began duty in Washington, DC, first in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, then at the War Plans Division, and beginning in late 1945, as Personal Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. In June 1947, he assumed command of the modernized submarine Halfbeak. In 1949-1950, he served on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, and from October 1950 to July 1953 was U.S. Naval Attaché at Lisbon, Portugal.

Command of Submarine Division 52 in 1953-1954 was followed, after his promotion to the rank of Captain, by command of the submarine tender Sperry and of Submarine Squadron FIVE. During the later 1950s, Captain Fluckey was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the National War College and served with the National Security Council. Selection for promotion to Rear Admiral in mid-1960 was followed by tours as Commander Amphibious Group FOUR, presidency of the Board of Inspection and Survey and a temporary assignment as Task Force Director of the Shipyards Appraisal Group. In June 1964 Rear Admiral Fluckey became Commander Submarine Force, Pacific, and in July 1966 he reported as Director of Naval Intelligence. Two years later, he became Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group, Portugal. Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey retired from active duty at the beginning of August 1972.