The grandnephew of President Taft, David Sinton Ingalls was the only ace of the United States Navy during World War I. Before enlisting in 1917, he was a pre-med student at Yale where he was an active member of the school's flying club. Attached to British squadrons throughout the war, he flew the D.H.4 and Sopwith Camel in combat scoring six victories. After the war, he received a degree in the law from Harvard in 1923 and was elected to the Ohio legislature in 1926. In March 1929 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy
in charge of aviation by President Herbert Hoover. A strong advocate for the fully deployable carrier task force, Ingalls served with the United States Navy throughout World War II, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. He later became vice-president of Pan American airlines, was the president and publisher of the Cincinnati Times-Star and vice-chairman of the Taft Broadcasting Company. In 1958, he returned to the practice of law. In 1983 he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He suffered a stroke in 1985 and died at home a week later. He was 86.
This officer has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the British Government. On Sept. 15, 1918, he led a flight of five machines on low bombing raid on Uytkerke Airdrome, obtaining a direct hit on his target. On homeward journey, assisted by another Camel, he shot down two-seater enemy airplane in flames. Has participated in two other low raids, doing good work with bombs and machine-gun fire in each case. He also shot down a kite balloon in flames near Ostende. His reckless courage and utter disregard of danger are exceptional and are an example to all.