Walker, Kenneth N, BG

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, European Theater
Service Years
1917 - 1943

Aviation

Brigadier General



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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1898
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cerrillos
Last Address
Cerrillos

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Papua New Guinea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1943, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1943, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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AAF Command Pilot Badge
Rifle
AA Artillery
Aero Weapons

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1918, (Select in Colleges) (ROTC), E/1
 Unit Assignments
US Army Cadet CommandUS Army Air Force (USAAF)Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OKPhilippine Division
U.S. ArmyUSAAF 9th Army Air ForceUSAAF 4th Army Air Force
  1917-1918, ROTC California State University Sacramento (Cadre)
  1918-1918, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1919-1922, Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK
  1923-1924, Philippine Division
  1924-1925, 28th Aviation Battalion
  1925-1934, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1935-1937, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1938-1940, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1941-1942, USAAF 4th Army Air Force
  1942-1942, European Theater
  1942-1943, European Theater
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of New Georgia
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
La Salle University
  1916-1917, La Salle University
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Last Known Activity



  1. WALKER, KENNETH N. (Air Mission)

Citation:

 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 5th 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 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.

   
Comments/Citation







Citation:

For  gallantry in action over Port Moresby, New Guinea, during July 1942. This Officer took part in four different missions over enemy territory, each time being subjected to heavy enemy fire from anti-aircraft and fighter planes. The large amount of first-hand information gained by General Walker has proved of inestimable value in the performance of his duties. His complete disregard for personal safety, above and beyond the call of duty, has proved highly stimulating to the morale of all Air Force personnel with whom he has come in contact. Such courage and gallantry are in keeping with the finest American traditions and are worthy of the highest commendation.

                                                                

   
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