|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1896|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 1933, At Sea|
Served aboard the USS Akron as Chief Machinist that went down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. His body was lost at sea.
Renovo’s Tribute To Heroic Son Who Died In Air Disaster.
While the nation and the whole world mourn the tragic end of the lives of the seventy-three men of the United States Navy, who were on the “Akron” when it collapsed in a storm early Tuesday morning, Renovo feels a particular sense of bereavement because one of the victims was one of her own boys.
Warrant Officer Chief Machinist George C. Walsh, who won his official rank through his unusual mechanical skill and his well-proved loyalty to duty, was the first of Renovo’s heroes to volunteer in the nation’s service at the beginning of the World War, just 16 years ago today. His name is now enrolled with that of his boyhood chum, Ensign George McCrea, a Renovo boy who died in an explosion on the U.S.S. Mississippi, June 12, 1924, off San Pedro, California and who now rests in the Admiral Dewey plot in Arlington cemetery.
One of the most impressive demonstrations ever held in Renovo attended the funeral of Ensign McCrea. Circumstances may prevent similar honors in Renovo to the remains of this latest martyr in the nation’s service. But our people will ever link together the names of these two splendid youths whose careers, so full of achievement, will be treasured as priceless legacies for future generations.
Renovo’s sorrow was expressed in a striking manner yesterday when at the suggestion of R.O. Raymond, a World War veteran with a fine record of service in France and Germany, and now Assistant Scout-Master of Troop Four Boy Scouts, hundreds of American flags were placed at half mast on the avenue and streets, many business houses and private homes.
With the cooperation of the Rev. P. J. O’Donnell, of St. Joseph’s church, and the Sisters in charge of the High School of St. Joseph’s schools, Mr. Raymond enlisted the services of the Sea Scouts of Troop Four in placing the flags upon the standards along the avenue and in prompting the display of flags at private homes.
The first flag was place at half mast at St. Joseph’s schools, where George Walsh was a pupil, and from which he was graduated. The Sisters, Father O’Donnell and the Sea Scouts participated in this ceremony.
Then followed the raising by the Sea Scouts of flags at St. Joseph’s church, Troop Four’s Club House and the public schools at Seventh street, the Municipal Building, the Fire Departments and business places.
The flags will remain displayed until sundown this evening.
Memorial services for the heroic crew of the Akron, and especially for George Walsh, are being arranged by the Sea Scouts. These services will probably be held at 8 o’clock Sunday morning in St. Joseph’s church. Definite announcement will be made tomorrow.
At a meeting at the Sea Scouts following the ceremony of displaying the flags, the following was adopted: "The Sea Scouts, In our own behalf and in behalf of all the officers and members of Troop Four Boy Scouts of America, of Renovo, Pennsylvania, express our deep regret at the disaster which resulted in the destruction of the United States Airship Akron, on the morning of April 4, 1933, and desire to convey to the families and friends of all whose lives were lost therein, the assurance that their loss is also our loss.”
“In mourning this calamity which has desolated so many homes in widely separated parts of our country, we are made more sensible of the sorrow of the stricken ones by the death of a Renovo boy in this tragedy.”
"George Walsh, Warrant Officer, Chief Machinist of the Akron, was born, reared and educated in Renovo, the present home of his father, George Walsh, an honor man of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., George Walsh, Junior, of the Akron crew, was the first in Renovo to enlist for service in the World War and was the first Renovo boy to be assigned to active duty in the war. His fine character, his skill as a mechanic, his steadfast loyalty, and dependability won him successive promotions which attested the confidence of his superiors.
No further testimony of the valor and patriotism of George Walsh need here be cited.
"Renovo has hundreds of American flags at half mast today, not alone for her own heroic son, but for all his associates on that last cruise from Lakehurst, out over the waters beyond Harnegat, and on to the isle of the Everlasting Morn.”
"Resolved, that this expression of Renovo’s sympathy for all who mourn for their lost ones be sent to Franklin D Roosevelt, President of the United States to Claude A. Swanson, secretary of the United States Navy, and to the National officers of the Boy Scouts of America.”
The foregoing have been signed by Herman S. Neely, skipper and W. R. Bauer, Yeoman of the Sea Scout Ship, Susquehanna.
Review of Naval Career.
George C. Walsh, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, May 7, 1917. On May 27, 1917 he was on active duty at Queenstown, Ireland aboard the destroyer the U.S.S. Nicholson which was the first American destroyer to capture a German submarine. He remained in European waters until the 18th of Oct. 1918 and then returned to the United States. In January 1919, he returned to Europe on the U.S.S. Greer, one of the first destroyers to enter Germany after the war.
On August 1919 he was transferred back to the United States where he joined the Pacific fleet serving there until he was honorably discharged in August 1920. The following October he reenlisted and was assigned duty aboard the U.S.S. Simpson, which was later sent to Contsantinople, Turkey, where the Smyra disaster took place, the Turks regaining Smyra from the Greeks. The entire city of Smyra was destroyed and the American Naval Force took the American children and refugees aboard the shop to Athens, Greece.
After having qualified by examination for appointment, as a warrant machinist in 1923, he was sent to the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, flag ship of the European forces where he served until Nov. 1924. During the cruise in Europe he had the opportunity of visiting more than seventy-five of the most interesting cities of Europe including Rome. The Holy Lands, Cairo, Venice, Athens, Copenhagen, Paris, London, and many others.
After his return to United States he was transferred to the U.S.S. Raleigh. Two, interesting cruises to Honolulu and to Venezuela were made and during the uprising in Nicaragua this ship saw active service. A medal was presented him for services rendered at this time. After the expiration of his tour of duty in the Raleigh he was transferred to Quincy, Mass. where he arrived as assistant to the inspector of machinery during the building of the U.S.S. Northampton; the 10,000 ton cruiser which was built by the Bethlehem Steel Ship Co.
In 1929 after having passed his examination, he received his commission as a chief machinist. The Northampton was completed in September and was christened by Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, and the ship named for their home. After completion the ship was sent on its cruise, where he again had the opportunity of revisiting the famous old cities of Europe.
In the Fall of 1931, after a year on the dirigible Los Angeles, hew as sent to the Akron.
He was the first officer of the Akron to come from the ranks.
Published in the Renova Daily Record, April 6, 1933
George Thomas Walsh (1865 - 1937)
Ellen Dwyer Walsh (1872 - 1918)
Akron Airship Disaster Memorial
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Mar 31, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107623296
Blessed be the memory of Charles Walsh. Thank you for your service to our country.|
Added: Mar. 31, 2013