From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Walling '35

Date of birth: February 2, 1912

Date of death: April 9, 1945

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


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John was lost when USS Snook (SS 279) was sunk, sometime after April 9, 1945 while on her 9th war patrol. He had been commanding officer since December 5, 1944 and taken her on a previous patrol of 54 days.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Massachusetts.


From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty Submarine Squadron Five 1 Jul 1939
  • Duty USS S-37 (SS-142) 1 Oct 1939
  • (Acting??) Executive Officer USS S-37 (SS-142) 1 Jul 1940
  • Engineering Officer USS S-37 (SS-142) 1 Nov 1940
  • Diving Officer USS Flying Fish (SS-229) 1942
  • Executive Officer USS Flying Fish (SS-229) Sep 1942
  • Captain USS S-48 (SS-159) 2 Jul 1943 - 1 Apr 1944
  • Captain USS Marlin (SS-205) 31 May 1944 - 31 Oct 1944
  • Captain USS Snook (SS-279) 5 Dec 1944 - Apr 1945
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 6 Jun 1938
  • Lieutenant 14 Sep 1941
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 1 May 1943
  • Commander (T) 1 Mar 1944

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant John Franklin Walling (NSN: 0-75090), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the line of his profession as Diving Officer of the U.S.S. FLYING FISH (SS-229), during successful attacks against one enemy KONGO Class battleship and one enemy patrol vessel. One attack against a patrol vessel was followed by a severe enemy counter-attack during which the FLYING FISH was severely damaged. With a badly leaking after trim tank, with an up angle of eighteen degrees and with depth charges exploding very close aboard, it was only by his skill and calm courage that proper depth was maintained and the boat was capable of returning to port. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Diving Officer
Division: U.S.S. Flying Fish (SS-229)


John's mother was the sponsor for USS Snook (SSN 592).

Class of 1935

John is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.