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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

William Gary Walsh

Details
  • Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines,
    5th Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 27, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Citation
For extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of an assault platoon, attached to Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 27 February 1945. With the advance of his company toward Hill 362 disrupted by vicious machine-gun fire from a forward position which guarded the approaches to this key enemy stronghold, G/Sgt. Walsh fearlessly charged at the head of his platoon against the Japanese entrenched on the ridge above him, utterly oblivious to the unrelenting fury of hostile automatic-weapons fire and hand grenades employed with fanatic desperation to smash his daring assault. Thrown back by the enemy's savage resistance, he once again led his men in a seemingly impossible attack up the steep, rocky slope, boldly defiant of the annihilating streams of bullets which saturated the area. Despite his own casualty losses and the overwhelming advantage held by the Japanese in superior numbers and dominant position, he gained the ridge's top only to be subjected to an intense barrage of hand grenades thrown by the remaining Japanese staging a suicidal last stand on the reverse slope. When one of the grenades fell in the midst of his surviving men, huddled together in a small trench, G/Sgt. Walsh, in a final valiant act of complete self-sacrifice, instantly threw himself upon the deadly bomb, absorbing with his own body the full and terrific force of the explosion. Through his extraordinary initiative and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved his comrades from injury and possible loss of life and enabled his company to seize and hold this vital enemy position. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient William G. Walsh
Medal of Honor Recipient William G. Walsh
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: April 7, 1922, Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA, United States
  • Died: February 27, 1945, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (12-487), Arlington, VA, United States
 

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