“Walt’s Ridge”: Col. Lewis Walt and the Battle of Cape Gloucester
The 11th Marines’ artillery struck one group of enemy soldiers massing for a fifth Banzai assault. This ended the Japanese attempts to seize Aogiri Ridge. The following morning hundreds of Japanese bodies were strewn across the battlefield.
Earning the Navy Cross
“Much credit must be given to our company commander, Captain Andrew “Ack Ack” Haldane, and our battalion commander, Lt. Col. Lew Walt,” continued Billnitzer. “It was their inspiration and brilliant leadership that helped to repel the Japs.”
Shepherd soon renamed Aogiri Ridge “Walt’s Ridge.” For his outstanding bravery on Cape Gloucester, Walt was awarded the Navy Cross.