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Gen Walton Harris Walker
Birth: Dec. 3, 1889
Belton
Bell County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1950, South Korea

United States Army General. Walton Harris Walker was born in Belton, Texas. He entered Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and later transferred to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1912. He was awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery in action during World War I. Walker excelled in the training of troops before the start of World War II after assuming a number of training commands. With the onslaught of the war he was placed in command of the 3rd Armored Division while a delight to General George S. Patton, his commander, for his reputation as a tough leader and fighter. During the war, he took part in the drive across France capturing the city of Metz and the liberation of Buchenwald. With the conclusion of the war, he filled several assignments culminating in command of the Eighth Army which was performing occupation duty in Japan. At the start of the Korean War, Walker was put in charge of all U.S. Army troops as well as South Korean forces. The war was going badly with American and South Korean forces in full retreat and finally a stand at Pusan in South Korea with the perimeter defended by beleaguered forces. General Walker issued his famed 'Stand or Die' order which resulted in the use of Marines as a fire brigade which contained a North Korean breakthrough and forestalled a withdrawal from the Korean peninsula. A military landing at Inchon and air strikes sent the Korean forces in full retreat. Walker followed leading the Eight Army across the 38th Parallel into North Korea and captured the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It was the belief, victory was achieved, however, the Chinese intervened and hidden, massed Chinese forces launched a massive attack and soon American and Korean forces were once again in retreat. Both armies settled on the 38th and a long stalemate ensued. General Walker was killed while on his way to the war front to visit the British troops to present citations to the British Commonwealth Brigade for their work under his command when his car crashed into a lorry taking his life at age 60. His body was escorted back to the United States by his son, Sam Sims Walker, a battalion commander of the 19th infantry in Korea at the time of his father's death. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife upon her death was buried beside him in 1985. Postscript: General Walker with the nickname 'Johnnie Walker' received many prestiges awards during his more then forty year military career. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Distinguished Service Medal, with Oak Leaf cluster; the Silver Star, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Legion of Merit; the Distinguished Flying Cross; and the Air Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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  Caroline E Walker (1897 - 1985)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34, Site 86-A
 
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Record added: Jan 11, 2005
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Gen Walton Harris Walker
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Gen Walton Harris Walker
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Gen Walton Harris Walker
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