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Cox Harry Orville Walker

Wyoming, USA
Death 27 Feb 1942 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56786123 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 15, 1945.

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Nephew of Mrs. W. C. Wehr who resided in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Harry served as a Coxswain, U.S.S. Langley (CV-1/AV-3), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Sheridan County, Wyoming prior to the war.

The Langley was the "first" aircraft carrier constructed for the U.S. Navy. It was created in 1920 by converting the U.S.S. Jupiter (AC-3), which was a World War I collier ship. The Langley was also the U.S. Navy's first turbo-electric-powered ship.

The Langley was attacked, on February 27, 1942, by nine twin-engine Japanese bombers of the Japanese 21st and 23rd Naval Air Flotillas and so badly damaged that she had to be scuttled by her escorts.

Harry was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 3684056

Harry also has a "Cenotaph" with his parents in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Wyoming.
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Surviving crew members of the Langley were picked up by the U.S.S. Pecos (AO-6) and the U.S.S. Edsall (DD-219). Both the Pecos & Edsall were then sunk on March 1, 1942.

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Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56786123
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cox Harry Orville Walker (28 Jun 1919–27 Feb 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56786123, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .