PARAMARINES Walton, Merritt Cecil

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  • SURNAME
Walton
  • FORENAME
Merritt Cecil
  • UNIT
1 Marine Parachute Bn (Company A)
  • RANK
Platoon Sergeant
  • NUMBER
259041
  • AWARD
Navy Cross
  • PLACE
Gavutu,Solomon Islands 1942
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
KIA - see Roll of Honour
 

ROLL OF HONOUR:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/walton-merritt-cecil.23867/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Merritt C. Walton (MCSN: 259041), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Parachute Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, during the assault on enemy Japanese forces at Gavutu, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Although fully aware of his extreme personal danger, Platoon Sergeant Walton voluntarily proceeded to reconnoiter the position of a hostile machine gun which threatened his platoon's right flank. After skillfully spotting the weapon's location, he courageously participated in a daring attack and realized success in silencing this deadly menace before he died of fatal wounds. Platoon Sergeant Walton's unflinching determination and unconquerable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/8430
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