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Ralph Talbot

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Transcript of Ralph Talbot

Ralph Talbot

By Cristina vidal & Megan westfall
Ralph was born in South Weymouth Massachusetts. on January 6th.
Ralph did sevice in the united states marines corps.
Ralph served from 1917-1918
Ralph was ranked second lieutenant .
Ralph was involved in several enemy territory raids.
Ralph experienced a severe plane crash but proceeded to work hard.
Starting his services, he enrolled in Yale's college's Artillary Training Corps. October 1917 He enlisted in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Seaman 2nd class. Getting more involved in the military career he became Naval Aviator, a pilot. Ralph was a participant in many enemy territory raids. Several times Ralph was attacked by enemy scouters. This also happened right after a plane crash landing, due to enemy shooters. Ralph was in many situations like this where he showed bravery and leadership, to survive and save his conrads, and also for America. His leadership and bravery earned him the Medal of Honor.
Medal of honor recipients
"For exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism while attached to Squadron C, 1st Marine Aviation Force, in France. 2d Lt. Talbot participated in numerous air raids into enemy territory. On 8 October 1918, while on such a raid, he was attacked by 9 enemy scouts, and in the fight that followed shot down an enemy plane. Also, on 14 October 1918, while on a raid over Pittham, Belgium, 2d Lt. Talbot and another plane became detached from the formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. During the severe fight that followed, his plane shot down 1 of the enemy scouts. His observer was shot through the elbow and his gun jammed. 2d Lt. Talbot maneuvered to gain time for his observer to clear the jam with one hand, and then returned to the fight. The observer fought until shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the hip and then collapsed, 2d Lt. Talbot attacked the nearest enemy scout with his front guns and shot him down. With his observer unconscious and his motor failing, he dived to escape the balance of the enemy and crossed the German trenches at an altitude of 50 feet, landing at the nearest hospital to leave his observer, and then returning to his aerodrome." Citation from wikepedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Talbot

Medal of Honor citation
About Ralph
Ralph earned the Medal of Honor by showing lots of leadership in tough times, like when ambushed by the enemy. Even in a plane crash he showed courage and pushed him and his team through the situation. He deserves honor for his courage and bravery when in life threatening situations.
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