|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1919|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1941|
Walter was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His body was never recovered.
RM2c Walter H. Backman was on duty in the radio compartment of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) when it was hit by a great number of Japanese Type 91 aerial torpedoes. The Oklahoma capsized approximately 12 minutes after the first torpedo hit. According to a survivor from the USS West Virginia, which was anchored next to the Oklahoma: "Let me assure you that the radio compartment (where Walter worked) was immediately submerged and the men could not have lived more than a half-hour."
On May 25th, 1943, Walter was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
Walter Howard Backman was the son of August Ferdinand Backman and Beatrice M. Pope.
RIP, cousin. You are truly a hero. I am so sad that I was never able to meet you.
Many thanks to NLColes for the photos of Walter's memorial and the location of his name!
August Ferdinand Backman (1889 - 1948)
Beatrice Pope Frae (1901 - 1990)
Plot: Walter's name is located on the Courts of the Missing, Court 5.
Created by: Fluttergirl
Record added: May 15, 2009
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