Monday, June 5, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 5

June 5, 1942 - St. Paul native Captain Richard Eugene Fleming, a United States Marine, died on this date during the Battle of Midway in World War II. Fleming piloted a Vought SB2U Vindicator dive bomber in an attack on the Japanese cruiser Mikuma, and received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his heroism.

South St. Paul Municipal Airport, also known as Richard E. Fleming Field or simply Fleming Field, was named for him.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain June 5, 2017,
s long as acknowledgement included. 

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