From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kendall Gedney '50

Date of birth: July 6, 1927

Date of death: March 9, 1953

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


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.


From the May 1953 issue of Shipmate: "Ken's death is deeply felt by his many friends. He was a great pilot and a fine naval officer."

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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Class of 1950

Kendall is one of 37 members of the Class of 1950 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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