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Maxey H. Wall , Jr.

Home of record: Indianapolis Indiana
Status: POW

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant Maxey H. Wall, Jr. (AFSN: 0-708351), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations as a Pilot, 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group, FIFTH Air Force, while on a rescue mission over North Korea on 20 April 1952. Having already flown more than the normal number of missions for one day, Lieutenant Wall volunteered in the late afternoon to return to a remote area and cover a downed pilot. Upon reaching the pilot, Lieutenant Wall's flight encountered an intense barrage of small arms and automatic weapons fire. Realizing that effectiveness of the cover depended upon the absence of ground fire, Lieutenant Wall initiated a series of strafing passes which silenced several of the guns. When all other members of his flight had exhausted their ammunition, Lieutenant Wall sighted a gun still firing on the flight, and immediately attacked. During the attack in which he destroyed the gun position, Lieutenant Wall's aircraft was hit and he was forced to bail out. Lieutenant Wall, by his superior airmanship and gallantry in the face of enemy fire, reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces, General Orders No. 373 (July 30, 1952)

Action Date: April 20, 1952

Service: Air Force

Rank: First Lieutenant

Battalion: 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

Regiment: 8th Fighter-Bomber Group

Division: 5th Air Force

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

Lieutenant Maxey H. Wall, Jr. (AFSN: 0-708351), United States Air Force, was captured by communist forces after he was shot down over North Korea on 20 April 1952, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his release on 2 September 1953, during Operation Big Switch at the end of the war.

General Orders: NARA Database: Repatriated Korean Conflict Prisoners of War, 7/5/1950 - 10/6/1954

Action Date: April 20, 1952 - September 2, 1953

Service: Air Force

Rank: First Lieutenant

Battalion: 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

Regiment: 8th Fighter-Bomber Group

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)