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Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr.

“Reaper Leader”

 
 
Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side One image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
1. Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side One
Inscription.  
June 17, 1906
July 9, 1958

Navy Cross May
7 - 8, 1942
Distinguished Service Medal
July 1953 - June 1958
Legion of Merit W/Combat "V"
Dec. 1944 - May 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross W/Two Gold Stars
Nov 1942 - Aug 1943
Bronze Star W/Combat "V"
Sept - Oct 1944
Navy Commendation Ribbon W/Combat "V"
May 11, 1945
Presidential Unit Citation W/5 Blue Stars
1941 - 1945
American Defense Service Medal
Asistic - Pacific Campaign Medal W/Two Silver Stars
American Campaign Medal
World War Two Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Ribbon W/Bronze Star

Side Two:
VADM James H. Flatley, Jr.
1925 - Graduated from St. Norbert Academy
1929 - Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy
1930 - Flight Training at Pensacola, Florida
1931 - Designated a Naval Aviator
1931-1934 - Naval Aviator on board USS Lexington
1934-1936 - Naval Aviator based at Pearl Harbor
1936-1937 - Naval Aviator on board USS Lexington and USS Enterprise
1937-1939

Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Two image. Click for full size.
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2. Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Two
- Senior Aviator on board USS Omaha
1939-1940 - Flight Instructor at Pensacola, Florida
1940-Sept. 1941 - Aide to Commanding Officer Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida

Side Three:
VADM James H. Flatley, Jr.
Sept. 1941-May 1942 - Executive Officer, "White Hat" Squadron, on board the USS Lexington and USS Yorktown
May 7-8, 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea
May 1942-Oct. 1942 - Trained and commissioned "Grim Reapers"
Oct. 1942-Feb. 1943 - Commander of the "Grim Reapers"
Feb. 1943-April 1943 - Trained and commissioned Air Group Five
April 1943-Sept. 1943 - Commander of Air Group Five
May 6, 1943 - First Landing of F6F-3 Hellcat on USS Yorktown
Oct. 1943-July 1944 - Director of Training, Fleet Air, West Coast

Side Four:
VADM James H. Flatley, Jr.
July 1944-June 1945 - Air Operations Officer to Admiral Marc Mitscher's Task Force Fifty-Eight
June 1945-Oct. 1945 - Assignments on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Liaison Officer for the Far Eastern Air Force during the occupation of Japan
Oct. 1945-July 1947 - Director of Training, Naval Training Command, Corpus Christi, Texas
July 1947-July 1948 - Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama
July 1948-July 1950 - Assistant Chief of Staff, United States Atlantic Fleet
July 1950-July 1952 - Commanding Officer,
Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Three image. Click for full size.
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3. Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Three
Naval Air Station, Olathe, Kansas
July 1952-July 1953 - Commanding Officer, USS Block Island

Side Five:
VADM James H. Flatley, Jr.
July 1953-Oct. 1953 - Director of Naval Aviation Safety, Norfolk, Virginia
Oct. 1953-June 1955 - Commander, Fifth Naval District, and Commander, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia
June 1955-July 1956 - Commanding Officer, USS Lake Champlain
July 1956-Oct. 1957 - Director of Special Weapons Branch Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
July 1957 - Appointed by President Eisenhower as Rear Admiral
Oct. 1957-June 1958 - Director of Air Warfare, Washington, D.C.
June 2, 1958 - Appointed by President Eisenhower as Vice Admiral on the basis of combat bravery
 
Erected 2009.
 
Location. 44° 30.642′ N, 88° 1.169′ W. Marker is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Touch for map. Located in Admiral Flatley Park on the Fox River next to the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad depot, later known as the Milwaukee Road. See Milwaukee Road marker at this location also. Marker is at or near this postal address: Admiral Flatley Park, 100 Admiral Flatley Ct., Green Bay WI 54301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James H. Flatley, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee Road Depot
Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Four image. Click for full size.
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4. Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Four
(within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Freimann Hotel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Packers Office Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Influence of the Fur Trade (about 300 feet away); Augustin de Langlade (about 400 feet away); Bank Of Wisconsin (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Bay.
 
Regarding Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr..

Flatley was an aerial-gunnery expert and World War II squadron and air group commander. As Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron VF-42, he was one of the key participants in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, the first carrier vs carrier duels. A few days before, Flatley had been ordered back to the States to form a new fighter squadron, but he managed to get permission to stay for the coming battle. Flatley was awarded the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage" during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

After Coral Sea, he returned to the states
Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Five image. Click for full size.
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5. Vice Admiral James H. Flatley Jr. Marker Side Five
to form VF-10, flying F4F Wildcats. Named the Grim Reapers, Flatley became "Reaper Leader." There were successes at Guadalcanal, but several losses which left him frustrated. As Commander of Air Group Five (CAG-5) on board the USS Yorktown (CV 10), he helped introduce Grumman’s F6F Hellcat to combat in August 1943. Flatley, at the age of 36, never flew combat again.
 
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