'ZERO FIGHTER SWEEP" by ROY GRINNELL
Co Signed by Marine Ace Kenneth A. Walsh MOH
Kenneth Walsh enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1933.
Ken served aboard the aircraft carriers Yorktown, Wasp, and Ranger
as an enlisted aviation mechanic and radioman for four years.
Assigned to fighters with VMF-121, Ken was promoted to a Warrant
Officer in May 1942 and then transferred to VMF-124 and was
commissioned as a second lieutenant. VMF-224 was sent to the
Guadalcanal in the Solomon islands in February 1943. Flying
the first F4U Corsairs to see combat, Ken downed two Mitsubishi
Zeke fighters and a Aichi Val Dive bomber on April 1st.
The above lithograph depicts Kenís forth victory on May 13th near
the Russell islands
where he shot down 3 Zekes becoming an Ace.
Ken scored multiple victories on almost all of his combat missions
and by August 1943 his record of victories totaled 20. Returning to
after flying three combat tours, He was awarded the
Medal of Honor by President Roosevelt on the 14th of February 1944.
After serving as an instructor, Ken was back flying the Corsair
and increased his score to 21 bringing down a Zeke Kamikaze
15 miles north of Okinawa.
Hand signed by Ace KENNETH A. WALSH, MOH and artist ROY GRINNELL:
The overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30"
1250 Signed and Numbered Limited Edition: $175
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