Kenneth Walsh was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 24, 1916. He also was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and 5 Gold Stars. He resided in Santa Ana, California and died on July 30, 1998.

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by

Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded the Medal of Honor to

1st Lieutenant Kenneth A. Walsh

United States Marine Corps


Citations: For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty in Marine Fighter Squadron 124 in aerial combat against Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands, on August 15, 1943, while attempting to stop an attack on Allied Ground Forces and shipping at Vella Lavella, 1st Lt. Walsh repeatedly dived his plane into an enemy formation outnumbering his own unit six to one, 1st Lt. Walsh shot down three Japanese planes.

On August 30 during an escort mission, 1st Lt. Walsh landed his disabled plane at Munda, replaced it with another and rejoined his flight over Mandale separated from his Escort Group, his encountered 50 Japanese Zeros, he attacked with relentless fury. He destroyed 4 enemy fighters before shellfire forced him to make a dead stick landing of the coast of Vella Lavella.

His valiant leadership and his skill as a flyer has been a source of inspiration to his fellow pilots and reflect the credit upon the United States Naval Service.

Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS

Lt. Walsh receiving MOH from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 8, 1944
 Credit: courtesy of USMC Archives, Quantico, VA
Lt. Walsh receiving MOH from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 8, 1944
 Credit: courtesy of USMC Archives, Quantico, VA

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Notable Orange County Veterans:

Captain Nelson M. Holderman, Medal of Honor:  World War I Hero

Captain William E. Barber, Medal of Honor: Fought at Iwo Jima

Corporal Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor: Korean War – 1st Cavalry Division

Lance Corporal Kenneth L. Worley, Medal of Honor: Gave His Life for his Country

Lieutenant (J. G.) Donald A. Gary, Medal of Honor: Officer on The USS Franklin in Japan

Master-At-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, Medal of Honor: Navy Seal Dies While Saving His Comrades

PFC Clarence B. Craft, Medal of Honor: Hastened the End of the Campaign on Okinawa

Sergeant Chris Carr, Medal of Honor: WWII Hero Battled in Italy

Specialist Fourth Class John P. Baca, Medal of Honor: Vietnam Vet Protects His Troops

Staff Sergeant Walter D. Ehlers, Medal of Honor: Stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day

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