The Medal of Honor is often the pinnacle of an individuals’ path from modest and unassuming beginnings. In the case of WW2 submarine legend Eugene Fluckey, the prestigious award was but one of many significant events in a proud career of determination and courage.
The attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 left the United States Navy at an extreme disadvantage. The total loss of four battleships and the considerable damage to four more stunted the offensive capability of American naval forces at the start of the war.
Untouched, however, were the submarine base and the four submarines moored there. If the United States was to jump back into the fight as quickly as possible it would take men like Eugen Fluckey to lead the way.