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The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

Vice Adm. Charles A. "Chas" Richard
Commander, Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic

Rear Adm. Blake Converse
Deputy Commander, Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Rear Adm.John W. Tammen, Jr.
Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97)

Master Chief Petty Officer John J. Perryman
COMSUBLANT Force Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Davenport
COMSUBPAC Force Master Chief

Cmdr. Sarah Self-Kyler
COMSUBLANT Public Affairs Officer

Cmdr. Cynthia (Cindy) Fields
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Officer

Lt. Cmdr. P. Brent Shrader
Military Editor

Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.
Senior Editor

Thomas Lee, WBB, Inc.
Managing Editor

Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.
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Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.

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UNDERSEA WARFARE is the professional magazine of the undersea warfare community. Its purpose is to educate its readers on undersea warfare missions and programs, with a particular focus on U.S. submarines. This journal will also draw upon the Submarine Force’s rich historical legacy to instill a sense of pride and professionalism among community members and to enhance reader awareness of the increasing relevance of undersea warfare for our nation’s defense.

The opinions and assertions herein are the personal views of
the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of
the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy.

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Fluckey Photo

Cmdr. Eugene Fluckey
Commanding Officer USS Barb
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Barb during her 11th war patrol along the east coast of China from December 19, 1944 to February 15, 1945. After sinking a large enemy ammunition ship and damaging additional tonnage during a running two-hour night battle on January 8, Cmdr. Fluckey, in an exceptional feat of brilliant deduction and bold tracking on January 25, located a concentration of more than 30 enemy ships in the lower reaches of Nankuan Chiang (Mamkwan Harbor). Fully aware that a safe retirement would necessitate an hour’s run at full speed through the uncharted, mined, and rock-obstructed waters, he bravely ordered, “Battle station—torpedoes!” In a daring penetration of the heavy enemy screen and, riding in five fathoms of water, launched the Barb’s last forward torpedoes at 3,000-yard range. Quickly bringing the ship’s stern tubes to bear, he turned loose four more torpedoes into the enemy, obtaining eight direct hits on six of the main targets to explode a large ammunition ship and cause inestimable damage by the resultant flying shells and other pyrotechnics. Clearing the treacherous area at high speed, he brought the Barb through to safety, and four days later he sank a large Japanese freighter to complete a record of heroic combat achievement, reflecting the highest credit upon Cmdr. Fluckey, his gallant officers and men, and the U.S. Naval Service.