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First Name: Eugene

Last Name: Lindsey

Birthplace: Sprague, WA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 02 July 1905

Date of Death: 04 June 1942

Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Commander

Years Served:
Eugene E. Lindsey

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Eugene E. Lindsey
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

Eugene E. Lindsey was born on 2 July 1905 in Sprague, WA.

Lindsey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927. After duty in USS Nevada (BB-36) and USS Saratoga (CV-3) he completed flight training in 1929 and was designated a Naval Aviator. He then served with a bombing squadron in USS Lexington (CV-2) and an observation squadron in USS Maryland (BB-46). From 3 June 1940 he commanded Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6), which flew Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" torpedo bombers, in USS Enterprise (CV-6).

Lindsey was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for successful leadership of his squadron in attacks on Kwajalein and Wotje in the Marshalls on 1 February 1942.

Lindsey made a bad landing when the Enterprise Air Group returned to the ship on 28 May 1942. Fortunately, the destroyer USS Monaghan rescued Lindsey and his crew (ARM1c Charles T. Grant, Capt. Thomas E. Schaffer). However, Lindsey refused to let the injuries he sustained in the crash keep him from leading his squadron into battle. He died in action 4 June 1942 with his rear-seat gunner C.T. Grant, ACRM, in the Battle of Midway, when their Douglas TBD Devastator was shot down by Japanese A6M2 Zero fighters, while attacking the aircraft carrier Kaga. VT-6 lost 10 out of 14 planes.

He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his important contribution to this great American victory.

Medals and Awards

Navy Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross


In 1944, the destroyer USS Lindsey (DD-771) was named in his honor.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Commander Eugene E. Lindsey was killed in action on 4 June 1942. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI.

Honoree ID: 2768   Created by: MHOH




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