RADM Fluckey Reaches Final Resting Place
A portion of the remains of RADM Gene Fluckey, last of the WWII submarine Medal of Honor awardees to depart on his final patrol, were committed to the deep last week:
USS Pasadena (SSN-752) bid farewell to the decorated submarine hero, retired Rear Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, during a burial-at-sea Jan. 24 in the South China Sea.Video of the ceremony and some of the thoughts of the Pasadena's crew on being part of this momentous occasion can be found here.
Pasadena, half way through its six-month deployment, scattered Fluckey’s ashes at the exact location Fluckey and the crew of USS Barb saved 14 prisoners of war during World War II.
Pasadena Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Doug Perry, delivered words of remembrance from the bridge of the Los Angeles-class submarine while Lt. Cmdr. Lee P. Sisco, the ship’s executive officer, committed Fluckey to the sea as the crew observed a moment of silence below decks.
Even the youngest WWII heroes are leaving us more and more frequently. Over at Castle Argghhh!!!, check out the story of a Marine who helped raise the first flag on Mt. Suribachi; then-PFC Ray Jacobs passed away today. Let the laying to rest of RADM Fluckey, and the passing of PFC Jacobs, strengthen our commitment to honor those brave men who fought in the most desperate war of recent times while they're still with us, just as we honor the heroes of today.