John Springer Walmsley, JR

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John Springer Walmsley, JR

Birthplace: Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, United States
Death: September 14, 1951 (31) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, United States
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About John Springer Walmsley, JR

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Captain John Springer Walmsley, Jr. (AFSN: AO-815023), United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty serving with the 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Wing, Fifth Air Force in action against enemy forces over Yangdok, Korea, on 14 September 1951. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Captain Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Captain Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy anti-aircraft fire. In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Captain Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact. His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: September 14, 1951

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 8th Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 3d Bombardment Wing

Division: 5th Air Force

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John Springer Walmsley, JR's Timeline

January 7, 1920
Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, United States
September 14, 1951
Age 31
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, United States