The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S.
Marine Corps. Born: 6 January 1897, South Weymouth, Mass. Appointed from:
For exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism while attached to Squadron
C, 1st Marine Aviation Force, in France. 2d Lt. Talbot participated in numerous air raids
into enemy territory. On 8 October 1918, while on such a raid, he was attacked by 9 enemy
scouts, and in the fight that followed shot down an enemy plane. Also, on 14 October 1918,
while on a raid over Pittham, Belgium, 2d Lt. Talbot and another plane became detached
from the formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts.
During the severe fight that followed, his plane shot down 1 of the enemy scouts. His
observer was shot through the elbow and his gun jammed. 2d Lt. Talbot maneuvered to gain
time for his observer to clear the jam with one hand, and then returned to the fight. The
observer fought until shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the hip and then
collapsed, 2d Lt. Talbot attacked the nearest enemy scout with his front guns and shot him
down. With his observer unconscious and his motor failing, he dived to escape the balance
of the enemy and crossed the German trenches at an altitude of 50 feet, landing at the
nearest hospital to leave his observer, and then returning to his aerodrome.