Eugene Fraley was born on May 2, 1939, in Pontiac, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 6, 1957, and completed basic training in December 1957. Fraley next attended Aviation Machinist training at NATTC Norman, Oklahoma, and at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, from December 1957 to April 1958, followed by service as an AD-5 Skyraider mechanic with VAW-12 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, from April to September 1958. He remained at Quonset Point for additional Airborne Early Warning/Anti-Submarine Warfare training, R-3350 reciprocating engine training, and aircraft maintenance training from September 1958 to June 1960, and then attended Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from June to December 1960. Petty Officer Fraley attended Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in December 1960 and January 1961, and Advanced Underwater training at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from January to October 1961. His next assignment was with Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY-ONE (UDT-21) at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from October 1961 to September 1962, followed by service with UDT-22 at Little Creek from September 1962 to January 1963. Petty Officer Fraley served as a UDT Instructor at NAB Little Creek and at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from January 1963 to March 1967, and he then served with SEAL Team TWO at NAB Little Creek from March 1967 until he deployed with his Team to Southeast Asia in October 1967. He was killed in action in South Vietnam on January 21, 1968. Eugene Fraley was buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.