Capt Walter Collier Nix

Capt Walter Collier Nix

San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 24 Dec 1998 (aged 67)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Columbarium 6, Section G, Column 16, Niche 1
Memorial ID 82835488 · View Source
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He wrote the preface of the book, A BlUE SEA OF BLOOD: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall, by Donald M. Kehn.


Retired Naval Captain Walter Collier Nix of Memphis, who flew more than 200 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Methodist Hospital. He was 67.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Communion Church, where he was a member, with burial in Arlington Cemetery. Forest Hill Funeral Home East has charge.

Mr. Nix was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was a Vietnam War veteran. In addition to being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, he was also awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Star and 25 air medal awards. He was the defense attache in Tokyo from 1980 to 1985 and military adviser in Lisbon from 1975 to 1979. He was given the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan.

He was also past president of the Retired Officers Association, the Association of Naval Aviators and the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

Mr. Nix, the husband of Katherine Tallent Nix, also leaves a daughter, Jami Nix Rahn of New York City; two sons, James Tallent Nix of Memphis and Walter Collier Nix II of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Robert Nix of Atlanta; three stepbrothers, William Schaefer, Osborne Schaefer and Dudley Schaefer, all of Memphis, and three grandchildren.
(ref., the Memphis Commercial Appeal, December 28, 1998, p.B3)

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