There will be a wreath laying ceremony to honor Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey, USN, on June 28 at 10:00AM at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. All are invited.
Fluckey the Duck, Cryptologic Warfare Maritime Activity Sixty One’s mascot, is symbolic to CWMA-61 because ducks have the ability to fly, swim on the surface and underwater, much like the support of our Direct Support Elements deploying onboard Air, Surface, and Subsurface platforms. Fluckey is named in honor of Rear Admiral Fluckey, who received the Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses during his service as a submarine commander in World War II. Fluckey established himself as one of the greatest submarine skippers, credited with the most tonnage sunk by a U.S. Naval skipper during WWII, sinking 17 ships including a carrier, cruiser, a frigate, and sending a landing party of submariners ashore to destroy a 16 car train. His book, Thunder Below! depicts his time as the skipper of the USS Barb during WWII, in which time he earned the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Citation:
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Barb during her Eleventh War Patrol along the east coast of China from 19 December 1944, to 15 February 1945. After sinking a large enemy ammunition ship and damaging additional tonnage during a running 2-hour night battle on 8 January, Commander Fluckey, in an exceptional feat of brilliant deduction and bold tracking on 23 January, located a concentration of more than 30 enemy ships in the lower reaches of Nankuan Chiang (Mamkwan Harbor). Fully aware that a safe retirement would necessitate an hours’ run at full speed through the uncharted, mined, and rock-obstructed waters, he bravely ordered, ‘Battle Station – Torpedoes’! In a daring penetration of the heavy enemy screen, and riding in 5 fathoms of water, he launched the Barb’s last forward torpedoes at 3,000-yard range. Quickly bringing the ship’s stern tubes to bear, he turned loose four more torpedoes into the enemy, obtaining eight direct hits on six of the main targets to explode a large ammunition ship and cause inestimable damage by the resultant flying shells and other pyrotechnics. Clearing the treacherous area at high speed, he brought the Barb through to safety and 4 days later sank a large Japanese freighter to complete a record of heroic combat achievement, reflecting the highest credit upon Commander Fluckey, his gallant officers and men, and the United States Naval Service.”
USS Barb (SS- 20) Battle flag used while Barb was commanded by Commander Eugene B. Fluckey, circa 1945. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Commander Eugene B. Fluckey, Commanding Officer, USS Barb (SS 220) Wearing the Navy Cross on board Barb after receiving the medal from Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, 6 December 1944. Note Barb’s insignia painted on her fairwater, behind Commander Fluckey. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.