Eugene E. Lindsey
Eugene E. Lindsey
|Born||July 2, 1905|
|Died||June 4, 1942 (aged 36)|
near Midway Atoll
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1927–1942|
|Commands held||Torpedo Squadron Six|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Distinguished Flying Cross
Lindsey was born in Sprague, Washington, on 2 July 1905 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1927. After duty on USS Nevada and USS Saratoga, he completed flight training in 1929 and served with a bombing squadron on USS Lexington and an observation squadron in USS Maryland. From 3 June 1940 he commanded Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6), which flew Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" torpedo bombers, in USS Enterprise.
Lindsey made a bad landing when the Enterprise Air Group returned to the ship on 28 May 1942. The destroyer USS Monaghan rescued Lindsey and his crew (ARM1c Charles T. Grant, Captain Thomas E. Schaffer). Lindsey refused to let the injuries he sustained in the crash, however, keep him from leading his squadron into battle. On 4 Jun, after almost a week of recuperation, Lindsey still so bruised about the face that he could not put on his flight goggles. When asked by the Air Group Commander, Lcdr. Wade McClusky, if he could fly Lindsey answered, “This is what I’ve been trained to do”. He died in action on 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 contribution to the battle.
- *Cressman, Robert J.; et al. (1990). "A Glorious page in our history," Adm. Chester Nimitz, 1942: the Battle of Midway, 4–6 June 1942. Missoula, Mont.: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co. p. 94. ISBN 0-929521-40-4.
- "Navy.togetherweserved: Lindsey, Eugene Elbert, LCDR"
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