|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1920|
Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac County
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1962|
Pearl Harbor survivor. On December 7, 1941, Walter was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Nevada serving as Signalman.
While manning an anti-aircraft gun, he was hit by an incendiary bomb, and ended up in the fiery water.
After spending a month in Hawaii recovering from third-degree burns over 65% of his body, he was transferred to Mare Island in California, and later returned home for further recovery. Although "battle discharged," and still carrying the shrapnel he received during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bud returned to active duty, and was involved in the retaking of Wake Island, as well as the Raid on Tokyo. At one time, his picture hung in the old Edgewater Beach Hotel.
Bud was honorably discharged in September of 1945, and returned home to Chicago where his bride of just six months awaited him. He found work with the Chicago Transit Authority first as a bus driver, and later as a supervisor.
He was active in both the American Legion Color Guard, and the Cub Scouts (as an Assistant Scout Master).
He died on February 19, 1962 after a lengthy illness. His death was indirectly attributed to the wounds he received at Pearl Harbor.
In 1991, his widow, Ruth, travelled to Ottawa, Illinois to accept a 50th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Survivor's Medal on his behalf.
Saint Boniface Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 30, 2007
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