JOHN F. WALLING, CDR, USN
John Walling '35
Date of birth: February 2, 1912
Date of death: April 9, 1945
From the 1935 Lucky Bag:
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.
Previous to his command of Snook he was commanding officer of USS Marlin (SS 205) from May to October 1944. Prior to this he was commanding officer of USS S-48 (SS 159) from July 1943 through April 1944. His prior tour is listed as executive officer of USS Flying Fish (SS 229).
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
Company: Diving Officer
Division: U.S.S. Flying Fish (SS-229)
John's mother was the sponsor for USS Snook (SSN 592).