Eugene E. Lindsey, born in Sprague, Washington on 2 July 1905, was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927. After duty in Nevada (BB 36) and Saratoga (CV 3) he completed flight training in 1929, and served with a bombing squadron in Lexington (CV 2) and an observation squadron in Maryland (BB 46). From 3 June 1940 he commanded a torpedo squadron in Enterprise (CV 6).

Lindsey was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for brilliantly successful leadership of his squadron in attacks on Kwajalein and Wotje in the Marshall Islands o 1 February 1942. He gave his life in action on 4 June 1942 at the Battle of Midway, in which his squadron played a valiant and selfless role, pressing home its attack through merciless antiaircraft fire. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his important contribution to this great American victory.