Kenneth N. Walker

World War II
Service #0-012510
RankBrigadier General, U.S. Army Air Forces
UnitHeadquarters, V Bomber Command
Entered Service From
Colorado
Date of DeathDecember 12, 1945
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

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Medal of Honor (Air Force)

The Medal of Honor (Air Force) was established by Joint Resolution of Congress on 12 July 1862, as amended on 9 July 1918 and 25 July 1963. It is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of Congress to a member of the Air Force who distinguishes himself or herself by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The deed must have been of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual from his or her comrades. In precedence for valor, the Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award.

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Silver Star

The Silver Star, established by Act of Congress on 9 July 1918 and amended on 25 July 1963, is awarded to a person who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces, is cited for markedly distinct gallantry while in action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Upon application, it is awarded to individuals who received a citation for gallantry in published orders issued by a headquarters commanded by a general officer in World War I. In precedence for valor, the Silver Star ranks immediately behind the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross.

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Legion of Merit

The Legion of Merit, established by Act of Congress on 20 July 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 29 October 1942 and 15 March 1955, is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a friendly foreign nation who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch, specialty, assignment or experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. Justification for this award may accrue by the virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions. In peacetime, the service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an exceptionally difficult duty performed in a clearly exceptional manner.

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Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart