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Fleming, William Sloan

Date of birth:
March 28th, 1916 (Artesia/Mississippi, United States)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Boatswain's Mate First Class
Unit:
U.S.S. California (BB-44), U.S. Navy
Awarded for:
Operation Z
"For exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. CALIFORNIA (BB-44), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. Although injured, Boatswain's Mate First Class Fleming kept at his post as Gun Captain, directing his crew in such a cool and outstanding manner that it inspired confidence in the men about him. The conduct of Boatswain's Mate First Class Fleming throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Boatswain's Mate First Class
Unit:
U.S.S. California (BB-44), U.S. Navy
Awarded for:
Operation Z
Purple Heart

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