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|54k||Richard Eugene Fleming was born 02 November 1917 in St. Paul, Minn. He attended St. Thomas Academy and the University of Minnesota before enlisting in the Marine Corps
Reserve for aviation training. He went through the AVCAD (Aviation Cadet Training) program at Wold-Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis and trained at Pensacola. He was sent to the Pacific
and was at sea with the U.S. carrier task force during the attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. He went to Midway Island to help defend against the Japanese assault. On 04 June 1942,
he led an attack on one of the three Japanese carriers sunk during the initial battle. On 05 June 1942, he led a bombing attack on the Japanese cruiser Mikuma near Midway. He died when his
Vindicator aircraft was struck by the ship’s anti-aircraft fire. Both his bomb and the plane struck the Japanese ship, exploding and disabling it. Fleming was posthumously awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor. The South St. Paul Airport is named in honor of Captain Richard E. Fleming.
USS Fleming (DE 32) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo from the USMC History Division)
|121k||16 June 1943: Mrs. W. E. Rutherford christens the USS Fleming (DE 32) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Radm. Wilhelm L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant) is seen
to the far right.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-32-4415-43)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|133k||16 June 1943: Fleming is way half down the building ways at her launching at Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-32-4426-43)
|88k||16 June 1943: Broadside view of Fleming immediately after her launching.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-32-4429-43)
|118k||02 July 1943: USS Fleming is seen being outfitted at Mare Island. USS Sederstrom (DE 31) is to the left. The ships are berthed at the foot of the
building ways used to construct them.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-32-4822-43)
|29k||29 October 1943: USS Fleming (DE 32) underway as
seen from USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60). Fleming had departed San Diego at 0629 on 27 October to conduct local operations with Guadalcanal and a number
of other destroyers. After their exercises the units returned to San Diego, mooring in the Bay on the evening of 29 October.
(United States Navy No. USN-383803
|29k||1944: in Hawaiian waters||Don Gish|
|View the USS Fleming (DE 32) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|Fleming's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Sep. 1943 - 01 Jan. 1944||Lcdr. Raymond John Toner, USNR (Comm. CO) (Chicago, Ill.)|
|2.) 24 Feb. 1944 - 27 Jul. 1945||Lcdr. Kenneth Farwell Burgess, Jr., USNR (Chicago, Ill.)|
|3.) 27 Jul. 1945 - 17 Sep. 1945||Lt. Charles Walter Bartlett, USNR (Worcester, Mass.)|
|4.) 17 Sep. 1945 - 24 Sep. 1945||Lt. Howard William Campen, USNR|
|5.) 24 Sep. 1945 - 10 Nov. 1945||Lt. John Andre Cranshaw, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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