Eugene Bennett Fluckey

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Eugene Bennett Fluckey was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1913. He graduated from Wester High School when he was 15.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  He prepared for the Naval Academy at Columbian Preparatory School in Washington. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1931, graduating as an Ensign in 1935.

His first tour of duty was aboard the battleship USS Nevada.  He reported for instruction at the Submarine School, New London, Connecticut in December of 1938, in just of 1941 he was assigned to the submarine USS Bonita.

In 1944, he reported to the Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet.  He established himself as one of the greatest submarine skippers, credited with the most tonnage sunk by a U.S. Naval skipper of World War II:  17 ships including a carrier, cruiser and frigate.  He served from 1935-72.  He died in 2007, he was 93.

What you may not know about Real Admiral Fluckey is that he sent a landing party ashore to set demolition charges on a coastal railway line, destroying a 16-car train.  This was the sold landing by U.S. military forces on the Japanese home islands during World War II.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses and many others.  The only medal not received by any of him men was the Purple Heart.

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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... well if you ask me, a Purple Heart was deserved in this situation and then some.

Aug 17, 2021 04:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Not having any of his men wounded was a great feat.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 17, 2021 04:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Eugene was a true leader. Washington DC is currenty devoid of leadership and being lead by a career follower. Enjoy your day.

Aug 17, 2021 05:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, as Wayne said, he was a true leader/hero.   So happy to hear he received the Purple Heart.

Aug 17, 2021 05:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Graduating high school at age 15 is quite an accomplishment and it always amazes me how young some of these people you post about got their start.

Aug 17, 2021 05:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - another fascinating history. 

Aug 17, 2021 05:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Eugine was a brillient stratigest James Dray and with all the battles he and his men saw it's a mericule no one was wonded to earn a purple heart.

Aug 17, 2021 05:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 17, 2021 05:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As Wayne Martin stated, we need more leadership in our country these days, and this story is an inspiration.  A

Aug 17, 2021 06:05 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Reading about this man, he was a real leader to his team. I like reading these stories, and he deserved all the medals he was awarded.

Aug 17, 2021 07:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. That is quite a life story. So many medals but never a purple heart

Aug 17, 2021 08:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was another interesting read. Glad to see he was recognized for his heroism.

Aug 17, 2021 08:38 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, this is a story i had not heard. Another great American hero from our greatest generation.

Aug 17, 2021 09:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- Eagle Scout and the Naval Academy are accomplishments alone but he added much more to what he did. Wonder if Liz and Bill Spear knows of him?

Aug 17, 2021 10:14 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Actually the case of the railroad attack I'd read about, although if you'd asked me to tie the C.O.'s name with the event, I'd have come up short.

Aug 17, 2021 12:16 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

He is a true hero to us bubble heads James Dray 

Aug 17, 2021 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James that is a good thing that he did not get the Purple Heart, it means no one was hurt or injured.... Nina Hollander, Broker  we used to joke that to get a purple heart you need to cut yourself shaving and get it... men who got the purple heart either died or got injured....Endre

Aug 17, 2021 10:14 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is unusual for someone to collect so many service medals for outstanding bravery and service to our country and not have a Purple Heart Medal. It is wonderful that Eugene Bennett Fluckey got to enjoy the fruits of his achievements.

Nov 13, 2021 08:31 PM