Ralph Talbot, 2LT

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Ralph Talbot, 2LT

Birthdate: (21)
Birthplace: Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, USA
Death: October 25, 1918 (21) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Quincy, Norfolk, MA, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Ralph Talbot, 2LT

Second Lieutenant Talbot and his gunner, Gunnery Sergeant Robert Robinson, were both awarded Medals of Honor for this action. His was the first aerial action by a U.S. Marine airman to merit the award

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot, United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism while attached to Squadron C, First Marine Aviation Force, in France. Second Lieutenant Talbot participated in numerous air raids into enemy territory. On 8 October 1918, while on such a raid, he was attacked by nine enemy scouts, and in the fight that followed shot down an enemy plane. Also, on 14 October 1918, while on a raid over Pittham, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Talbot and another plane became detached from the formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. During the severe fight that followed, his plane shot down one of the enemy scouts. His observer was shot through the elbow and his gun jammed. Second Lieutenant Talbot maneuvered to gain time for his observer to clear the jam with one hand, and then returned to the fight. The observer fought until shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the hip and then collapsed, Second Lieutenant Talbot attacked the nearest enemy scout with his front guns and shot him down. With his observer unconscious and his motor failing, he dived to escape the balance of the enemy and crossed the German trenches at an altitude of 50 feet, landing at the nearest hospital to leave his observer, and then returning to his aerodrome.

Action Date: October 8 & 14, 1918

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Airplane Squadron C

Regiment: First Marine Aviation Force

Division: Northern Bombing Group (USN)

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Ralph Talbot, 2LT's Timeline

January 6, 1897
Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, USA
October 25, 1918
Age 21
Quincy, Norfolk, MA, USA