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Fleming, Richard Eugene

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

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241) SONS OF SATAN
SB2U Vindicator
Naval Air Station Midway Atoll
Richard Eugene Fleming
His Rank Captain
Medal of Honor
Destroyer USS Fleming (DE-32) named after him
Then and Now
VSMB-241 Pilots at Midway
Japanese cruiser "Mikuma" after the crash