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Encyclopedia > William G. Walsh
William Gary Walsh
April 7, 1922
  
William G. Walsh, Medal of Honor recipient
Place of birth Roxbury, Massachusetts
Place of death KIA on Iwo Jima
Allegiance USMC
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Gunnery Sergeant
Unit Carlson's Raiders
5th Marine Division
Battles/wars Battle of Guadalcanal
Battle of Bougainville
Battle of Tarawa
Battle of Iwo Jima
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
United States Marine Corps Portal

Gunnery Sergeant William Gary Walsh (7 April 192227 February 1945) was a United States Marine who heroically sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow Marines during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. For his actions on 27 February 1945, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1445x1903, 2736 KB)William G. Walsh, USMC, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in action on Iwo Jima during World War II; photo from official Marine Corps biography at http://hqinet001. ... Image File history File links Moh_right. ... // KIA is a miltiary acronym for the classification Killed In Action. ... Landsat photo of Iwo Jima, circa 2006 Iwo Jima   (Japanese 硫黄島 Iōtō, or Iōjima, meaning sulfur island) is a volcanic island in Japan, part of the Volcano Islands (the southern part of the Ogasawara Islands), approximately 650 nautical miles (1200 km) south of Tokyo (24°472N, 141... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... Marine Raider insignia The Marine Raiders were elite units established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct amphibious light infantry warfare, particularly in landing in rubber boats and operating behind the lines. ... The 5th Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps was created during World War II for the Battle of Iwo Jima and the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands. ... Operation Watchtower On August 7, 1942, the 1st Marine Division performed an amphibious landing east of the Tenaru River. ... Category: Possible copyright violations ... Combatants United States Japan Commanders Julian Smith Shibasaki Keiji † Strength 35,000 3,000 troops, 1,000 Japanese workers and 1,200 Korean laborers Casualties 1,001 killed, 2,296 wounded 4,713 Japanese & Korean killed 17 POWs and 129 Koreans freed The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Holland Smith Tadamichi Kuribayashi â€  Strength 110,000 22,000 Casualties 6,140 killed 17,913 wounded[1] 21,000 killed 1,083 captured The Battle of Iwo Jima (Operation Detachment) was fought between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... A Purple Heart medal For the plant genus, see Purpleheart. ... Image File history File links USMC_logo. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Holland Smith Tadamichi Kuribayashi â€  Strength 110,000 22,000 Casualties 6,140 killed 17,913 wounded[1] 21,000 killed 1,083 captured The Battle of Iwo Jima (Operation Detachment) was fought between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Posthumous means after death. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ...


Biography

William Walsh was born on 7 April 1922 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He attended public schools in Boston before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in April 1942. He received his basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, and advanced training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,095 acre (32. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is near Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. ...


From Camp Lejeune, he went to Samoa and was assigned to a unit of Marine scouts. His next assignment was with the famed Carlson's Raiders. During this nation's war with Japan in the Pacific, he saw action at Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Tarawa, and in the Russell Islands. Marine Raider insignia The Marine Raiders were elite units established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct amphibious light infantry warfare, particularly in landing in rubber boats and operating behind the lines. ... Operation Watchtower On August 7, 1942, the 1st Marine Division performed an amphibious landing east of the Tenaru River. ... Category: Possible copyright violations ... Combatants United States Japan Commanders Julian Smith Shibasaki Keiji † Strength 35,000 3,000 troops, 1,000 Japanese workers and 1,200 Korean laborers Casualties 1,001 killed, 2,296 wounded 4,713 Japanese & Korean killed 17 POWs and 129 Koreans freed The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in...


Following two years of service in the Pacific theatre, he returned to the United States. He returned overseas later with the 5th Marine Division in time for the Iwo Jima invasion. The 5th Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps was created during World War II for the Battle of Iwo Jima and the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands. ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Holland Smith Tadamichi Kuribayashi â€  Strength 110,000 22,000 Casualties 6,140 killed 17,913 wounded[1] 21,000 killed 1,083 captured The Battle of Iwo Jima (Operation Detachment) was fought between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan...


It was at Iwo, while leading his men against a fortified hill on 27 February 1945, he threw himself on a hand grenade, sacrificing his life to save the lives of fellow Marines For this heroic act, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... A US designed WWII-era MkIIA1 pineapple fragmentation hand grenade. ...


Initially buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, GnySgt Walsh's remains were later reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery on 20 April 1948. [[ Historical Information Arlington National Cemetery Section 27 Facts Pvt. ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ...

GUNNERY SERGEANT WILLIAM C. WALSH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Leader of an Assault Platoon, serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-seventh Marines, Fifth 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, Gunnery Sergeant 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 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, and despite his own casualty losses and the overwhelming advantage held by the Japanese in superior numbers and dominate position, 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, Gunnery Sergeant 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 form 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. February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... M2 machine gun An automatic firearm is a firearm that will continue to load and fire rounds of ammunition as long as the trigger (or equivalent) is activated or until it runs out of ammunition. ... A US designed WWII-era MkIIA1 pineapple fragmentation hand grenade. ...

/S/ HARRY S. TRUMAN Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884–December 26, 1972) was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953); as Vice President, he succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. ...


References

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.
  • Gunnery Sergeant William Gary Walsh, USMCR, Who's Who in Marine Corps History, History Division, United States Marine Corps.
  • GySgt William G. Walsh, Medal of Honor, 1945, 3/27/5, Iwo Jima, Medal of Honor citation.
  • William Gary Walsh, Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Arlington National Cemetery profile.

 
 

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