|Birth: ||May 15, 1919|
El Paso County
|Death: ||May 2, 1970|
Uzelle Derwood (UD) Walker was born to Wallace William Walker and Clara Bell (Bagby) Walker on May 15, 1919. He was a straight-A student and a gifted athlete. UD enlisted in the US Marine Corps March 13, 1939, in Los Angeles California. He loved being a Marine. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Division, and his Service Number was 270767. In December of 1941, he fought at the Battle of Corregidor. He was shot twice, and captured by the Japanese on May 6, 1942. Three days later, US forces surrendered at Bataan. UD survived the Bataan Death March, hiking from Manila to Cabanatuan with 2 bullet wounds and a broken leg. He was bayoneted once for falling out of line. UD was held at Cabanatuan Prison Camp in the Philippines before being transported on a "hell ship" to Yokohama and interred in POW Camp #3. He was tortured, starved, and forced into slave labor. When Osaka was bombed by US forces in March of 1945, the Japanese transferred UD to Fushiki/Nomtchey Prison Camp. He was liberated by US forces in September of 1945. He returned to Texas and married Betty Lucille Beck of Carrizozo, New Mexico in 1945. UD was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Purple Hearts, and 2 Awards for Valor from the government of the Philippine Republic. He remained in the Marine Corps as a Quartermaster Sergeant, after his leg was amputated, until January 22, 1946, when he was honorably discharged at USNH in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma. He returned to El Paso, Texas, with his wife Betty. UD was a Freemason and member of the Scottish Rite of El Paso. His only child, a son, was born in El Paso on October 10, 1950. The child's name was Wallace Michael Walker. That name was later changed to Michael Wallace Baker. He was always called "Mick" or "Mickey." UD and Betty divorced in the early 1950s, and Betty moved with Mickey to Mountain City, Nevada. UD passed away in Denver, Colorado, on May 2, 1970. He was buried with full military honors on May 8, 1970, at Fort Bliss National Cemetery after a memorial service held at the Martin Funeral Home Chapel in El Paso, Texas. UD's final resting place is located at Section I, Site 781 at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
Wallace William Walker (1886 - 1944)
Clara Bagby Arrington (1893 - 1987)
Betty Lucille Beck Baker (1926 - 2005)
Michael Wallace Baker (1950 - 2006)*
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: Section I, Site 781
Created by: Darcy (Walker) (Baker) S...
Record added: May 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53062010