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Richard Wayne Suesens, born April 30, 1915 at Burlington, Iowa, enlisted in the Naval Reserve May 31, 1938. Appointed Avaition Cadet October 4, 1938 and commissioned ensign October 15, 1939, he reported for duty in Torpedo Squadron 3, on board SARATOGA November 20, 1939. Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) November 1, 1941, he was killed in action during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942, while serving aboard YORKTOWN. For his extraordinary heroism in pressing home his attack on Japanese naval units during that battle, despite tremendous antiaircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, Lieutenant (jg) Suesens was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

Special thanks to Craig Voelker for the newspaper clipping from
the Burlington Hawkeye