b. 17/07/1898 Los Cerrilos, New Mexico. d. 05/01/1943 Rabaul, New Britain.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/01/1943 Rabaul, New Britain.
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Cerrillos, New Mexico and enlisted into the military at Denver, Colorado. Served as a Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Corps, Commander of 5th Bomber Command in the South Pacific Theater. As Commander he accompanied his units on bombing missions into enemy held territory. From the lessons gained under combat conditions, he developed a highly efficient technique for bombing when opposed by enemy fighters and antiaircraft fire. On January 5, 1943, he led an effective daylight bombing attack against Japanese shipping in the harbor at Rabaul, New Britain. Though intercepted by enemy fighters, they scored direct hits on nine Japanese ships. During this action one B-17 Bomber was shot down and his plane was disabled. He was last seen leaving the target area with one engine on fire and several fighters on his tail. A search failed to find any wreckage or survivors. President Roosevelt presented the Medal of Honor to his son in a White House ceremony on March 25, 1943. After the war his name was inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery. There is also a cenotaph for him at Arlington National Cemetery.
For conspicuous leadership above and beyond the call of duty involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life. As commander of the V Bomber Command during the period from 5 September 1942, to 5 January 1943, Brigadier General Walker repeatedly accompanied his units on bombing missions deep into enemy-held territory. From the lessons personally gained under combat conditions, he developed a highly efficient technique for bombing when opposed by enemy fighter airplanes and by antiaircraft fire. On 5 January 1943, in the face of extremely heavy antiaircraft fire and determined opposition by enemy fighters, he led an effective daylight bombing attack against the shipping in the harbor at Rabaul, New Britain, which resulted in direct hits on 9 enemy vessels. During this action his airplane was disabled and forced down by the attack of an overwhelming number of enemy fighters.
BURIAL LOCATION: MANILA MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING, MANILA, PHILIPPINES.
IMO AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
Section MC, Grave 36M
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