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Col Edgar Smith Walker

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Col Edgar Smith Walker

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death
1 Jan 1955 (aged 96)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Burial
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID
27375154 View Source

Colonel Edgar Smith Walker was born in Missouri and graduated from the U. S. Military Academy, Class of 1883. At the time of his death on January 1, 1955, he was 96 years old and the oldest living graduate of West Point.

Walker fought in the Indian Wars and was subsequently honored by membership in the Order of Indian Wars. He was retired for disability after the Spanish American War, but served nonetheless during World War I as a recruiting officer for the state of Florida. Lieutenant Walker trained Cheyenne girls when he was stationed at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming Territory, in 1890. The group was known as Company H, Wyoming State Guard. They served as Guards of Honors in the Wyoming Statehood parade held in July 1890.

Walker served the University of Florida as Commandant of Cadets and Professor of Military Science from 1908 until 1919 (i.e., he was in charge of the required military training mandated for all (male) students) and simultaneously taught in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Departments in various capacities, with a title like "Instructor in Descriptive Geometry" in the 1911 Record. Although Walker retired from serving as Commandant of Cadets in 1919, he continued to teach on a part time basis up until 1945, when he would have been 87! In the 1948-1949 Record, Walker is listed as still having an office on campus in Temporary Building G.

(info by Bill Thayer) Col. Walker was a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1883. A summary career biography of him is given in entry #3014 in Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the Military Academy; it is online, as is his obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.

Colonel Edgar Smith Walker was born in Missouri and graduated from the U. S. Military Academy, Class of 1883. At the time of his death on January 1, 1955, he was 96 years old and the oldest living graduate of West Point.

Walker fought in the Indian Wars and was subsequently honored by membership in the Order of Indian Wars. He was retired for disability after the Spanish American War, but served nonetheless during World War I as a recruiting officer for the state of Florida. Lieutenant Walker trained Cheyenne girls when he was stationed at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming Territory, in 1890. The group was known as Company H, Wyoming State Guard. They served as Guards of Honors in the Wyoming Statehood parade held in July 1890.

Walker served the University of Florida as Commandant of Cadets and Professor of Military Science from 1908 until 1919 (i.e., he was in charge of the required military training mandated for all (male) students) and simultaneously taught in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Departments in various capacities, with a title like "Instructor in Descriptive Geometry" in the 1911 Record. Although Walker retired from serving as Commandant of Cadets in 1919, he continued to teach on a part time basis up until 1945, when he would have been 87! In the 1948-1949 Record, Walker is listed as still having an office on campus in Temporary Building G.

(info by Bill Thayer) Col. Walker was a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1883. A summary career biography of him is given in entry #3014 in Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the Military Academy; it is online, as is his obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.

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