Eugene E. Lindsey

Eugene E. Lindsey (July 2, 1905 – June 4, 1942) was an officer and aviator in the United States Navy. He is the namesake of the destroyer USS Lindsey (DD-771).

Eugene E. Lindsey
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Born(1905-07-02)July 2, 1905
Sprague, Washington
DiedJune 4, 1942(1942-06-04) (aged 36)
near Midway Atoll
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1927–1942
RankLieutenant Commander
Commands heldTorpedo Squadron Six
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsNavy Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart

Naval careerEdit

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.[1]

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. The destroyer USS Monaghan rescued Lindsey and his crew (ARM1c Charles T. Grant, Captain Thomas E. Schaffer).[2] 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”.[3] 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.[4] VT-6 lost 10 out of 14 planes. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross[5] for his contribution to the battle.[6]


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


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  4. ^ *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.
  5. ^ "Navy.togetherweserved: Lindsey, Eugene Elbert, LCDR"
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.