Co-signed by Marine Ace and Medal of Honor Recipient Ken Walsh
Already an accomplished aerial ace, Lt. Ken Walsh of VMF-124 set out on August 30, 1943, on a critical escort mission. When his F4U-1 Corsair failed, he abandoned it at Munda, replaced it with another, and set back out. Disconnected from his escort group, however, left him vulnerable as he approached a menacing sight: 50 Japanese Zeroes. Without hesitation, Walsh attacked the overwhelming force , by himself, and took down four enemy aircraft before making a dead-stick landing off Vella Lavella, displaying the signature bravery that earned him the Medal of Honor.
Nearly three months before this heroic endeavor, on June 5, 1943, Lt. Walsh, as depicted in this limited edition print, was tasked with escorting Navy Air Group Eleven to Buin Harbor, specifically keeping Commander Weldon Hamilton safe from enemy fighters. Walsh fulfilled his duty, taking down an attacking Zero, ensuring another successful mission.
Ken Walsh was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 24th 1916. On December 15th 1933, Kenneth Walsh joined the Marines, becoming a mechanic and radioman. In April 1937 he received his wings while still a Private, but was promoted to Corporal immediately after. Ken Walsh achieved an impressive 21 victories in his 104 combat missions. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for two separate actions in August 1943 when, overwhelmingly outnumbered, he destroyed 7 enemy aircraft before being shot down himself. He scored his final victory on 22nd June 1945 over Okinawa. Walsh remained in the Marine Corps for a full career, flying transports in Korea and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in February 1962. He was the 4th highest scoring Marine Corps fighter Ace of World War Two. Sadly he passed away on 30th July 1998.
Lt. Ken Walsh
22 inches x 11 inches
500 Signed & Numbered
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