Kenneth Ambrose Walsh (1916 - 1998)

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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Death: Died
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Kenneth Ambrose Walsh

Ken Walsh became the first ACE in the F4U Corsair, and was a QUADRUPLE ACE in World War II, credited with TWENTY-ONE aerial victories, plus 2 probables and 1 damaged.

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Kenneth Ambrose Walsh (MCSN: 0-10449), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR (VMF-124), Marine Air Group TWELVE (MAG-12), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area on 15 and 30 August 1943. Determined to thwart the enemy's attempt to bomb Allied ground forces and shipping at Vella Lavella on 15 August 1943, First Lieutenant Walsh repeatedly dived his plane into an enemy formation outnumbering his own division six-to-one and, although his plane was hit numerous times, shot down two Japanese dive bombers and one fighter. After developing engine trouble on 30 August during a vital escort mission, First Lieutenant Walsh landed his mechanically disabled plane at Munda, quickly replaced it with another, and proceeded to rejoin his flight over Kahili. Separated from his escort group when he encountered approximately 50 Japanese Zeros, he unhesitatingly attacked, striking with relentless fury in his lone battle against a powerful force. He destroyed four hostile fighters before cannon shellfire forced him to make a dead-stick landing off Vella Lavella where he was later picked up. His valiant leadership and his daring skill as a flier served as a source of confidence and inspiration to his fellow pilots and reflect the highest credit upon the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: August 15 & 30, 1943

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Marine Fighting Squadron 124 (VMF-124)

Regiment: Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

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Kenneth Walsh's Timeline

November 24, 1916
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
July 30, 1998
Age 81
Arlington, Arlington, VA, USA