Name and Rank, Captain Richard Eugene Fleming.
Unit/Placed in, Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), United States Marine Corps.
Early in the morning of June 5, 1942, Captain Richard E. Fleming’s SB2U-3 Vindicator was hit and on fire as he continued his attack on the Japanese cruiser Mikuma. He maintained his dive, released his bomb and crashed directly into the cruiser. For this action he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Richard was born approx. on Nov. 2, 1917 in Minnesota.
Father, Michael Fleming.
Mother, Octavia Fleming.
Brothers, Thomas, Ward and James Fleming.
Richard entered the service from Minnesota with service number # 0-006395.
Richard E. Fleming was a Captain (Pilot Vindicator) in the United States Marine Corps .
Richard E. Fleming was Killed in Action in, on June 5, 1942 after he deliberately crashes his plane into the Japanese Cruiser Mikuma” he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy & Marine Aviator Badge, Expeditionary Marine Corps Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, and is posthumous honored with the Medal of Honor.
Richard is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA.
And mentioned at the Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Courts of the Missing
Thanks to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_cruiser_Mikuma
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com