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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 6, 1927
Date of death: March 9, 1953
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


Washington, D. C.

A mixture of sparkling wit, plenty of energy, and a fun-loving spirit, Ken is usually in the middle of whatever is going on. He has his serious side, however, and when deep in thought, there is one forelock of hair that always suffers. Ken is a native of Connecticut and came to Navy via V-5 and Yale. His Yankee spirit has made him a hard man to beat at any sport, though swimming is probably his long suit. An accomplished dancer, Ken seems to have a way with the fairer sex, and academics held no terrors for him.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Junior Grade Gedney was the pilot of a F9F-5 Pantherjet fighter with Fighter Squadron 51, aboard the aircraft carrier USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45). On March 9, 1953, while on a combat mission of bombing enemy targets south of Wonsan, North Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. His remains were not recovered.

Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Gold Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Kendall Courtney Gedney (NSN: 532820), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron FIFTY-ONE (VF-51), embarked in U.S.S. VALLEY FORGE (CV-45), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 9 March 1953.

General Orders: All Hands (March 1954)
Action Date: March 9, 1953
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51)
Division: U.S.S. Valley Forge (CV-45)

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