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|31k||Richard Wayne Suesens was born 30 April 1915 at Burlington, Iowa and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 31 May 1938. Appointed Aviation Cadet 4 October 1938 and commissioned ensign
15 October 1939, he reported for duty in Torpedo Squadron 3, on board Saratoga (CV 3) 20 November 1939. Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) 01 November 1941, he was killed in
action during the Battle of Midway, June 1942. For his "extraordinary heroism" in pressing home his attack on Japanese naval units during that battle, despite "tremendous antiaircraft fire and
overwhelming fighter opposition", Lieutenant (junior grade) Suesens was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.|
USS Richard W. Suesens (DE 342) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo cut from U.S. Navy photo #NH 95554 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|101k||'44-'45 (Photos © William H. Wade)||William H. Wade
|311k||1973: Vallejo, Cal. - 4 DE's (left to right: ex-Gentry DE 349, ex-Kendall C. Campbell DE 443, ex-Hanna DE 449, ex-Richard W. Suesens DE 342), all heading to the scrap yard. Photo from the DOD sealed bid offering dated 14 November 1973.||Ed Zajkowski
|Richard W. Suesens History|
|View the USS Richard W. Suesens (DE 342) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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