Walker, William John, Maj

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7564-Pilot Ch-53 A/D Qualified
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1968-Present, 7564, MIA - Vietnam
Service Years
1956 - 1968
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Cold War Certificate
Golden Dragon Certificate
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by LCpl Ashley Roberts to remember Marine Maj William John Walker.

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Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Medal Tet Offensive Commemorative Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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Major John Walker was the co-pilot of a UH-1E (#152436) was on 20 April 1968, two VMO-2 gunships and one HML-167 gunship launched a search and destroy mission in the [Operation] Foster area.  During a gun run, the HML-167 aircraft crashed, killing all aboard.  The VMO-2 gunships provided cover in the crash area, and other gunships were launched to provide suppressive fire in the area.  The lost crew members included aircraft commander 1LT Joseph A. Cestare, pilot MAJ William J. Walker, crew chief CPL Warren C. Parsons, and gunner SGT Joseph A. Zutterman Jr. Search and rescue units were unable to recover their remains and all were listed Killed In Action - Body Not Recovered.

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Cheryl DiFiore Daughter of his friend My father, Hal DiFiore, flew with Bill Walker.  During the war there was a shortage of pilots, so the pilots were cross-trained.  Bill and Hal were flying jets, so they had to choose between helicopters and fixed-wings for their second aircraft.  Bill chose the former.  My father chose the latter (C-130's) because he said that helicopters were widow-makers.  In April 1968, both my father and Bill were in Viet Nam flying for different squadrons.  I can remember the day my mother found out that Bill was killed.  I was 11 years old and my mother fell apart after the phone call.  I thought that something had happened to my father, but quickly realized it was Bill.  My father died in 1991 of Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia.  It has now been proven to be a direct link to Agent Orange.  My father carried 100's of barrels of the stuff on his cargo plane on a weekly basis.  At the time, he didn't know that Agent Orange would also create a lot of widows. I hope they are finally both flying in peace.  Friday, October 17, 2003

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  1967-1968, 7564, H&MS-16, MAG-16

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Adelman, David, SgtMaj, (1950-1982) 57 5711 Gunnery Sergeant
Curtis, Romaine, MGySgt, (1959-1989) 60 6044 Staff Sergeant
Amtower, Mike, Sgt, (1964-1970) 66 6611 Sergeant
Barron, John, MSgt, (1962-1983) 62 6212 Sergeant
Boroff, Myer, GySgt, (1955-1977) 30 3072 Sergeant
Cheshire, Harold, Sgt, (1967-1971) 63 6320 Sergeant
Closson, John, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6132 Sergeant
Cooper, Charles, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6413 Sergeant
Cooper, Chuck, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6413 Sergeant
Davidson, Richard, MGySgt, (1958-1990) 60 6060 Sergeant
Davis, Charles, MSgt, (1964-1989) 34 3421 Sergeant
Engelmann, James, Sgt, (1963-1967) 61 6153 Sergeant
Green, Halsey, MSgt, (1956-1981) 64 6441 Sergeant
Gross, Allen, Sgt, (1967-1971) 60 6000 Sergeant
Lambert, Joe, Sgt, (1965-1969) 64 6442 Sergeant
Mc Daniel, Jack, Sgt, (1964-1968) 70 7041 Sergeant
O'Dell, Jr., Bernard "Bernie", Sgt, (1964-1970) 66 6611 Sergeant
Abele, Steve, Cpl, (1966-1970) 62 6212 Corporal
Beeg, Robert, Cpl, (1966-1970) 58 5800 Corporal
Bresselsmith, Jr., Larry M, Sgt, (1965-1969) 60 6064 Corporal
Broze, Alan, Sgt, (1963-1967) 64 6400 Corporal
Clayton, Merlin, Sgt, (1966-1969) 62 6212 Corporal
CRAIL, JAMES, MSgt, (1966-1989) 25 2542 Corporal
Depagnier, Daniel, Sgt, (1966-1970) 7113 Corporal
Donaghy, James, Cpl, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Corporal
[Name Withheld], (1963-1967) 61 6142 Corporal
Flynn, Charles, LCpl, (1967-1970) 68 6821 Corporal
Lang, William, MGySgt, (1966-1989) 62 6212 Corporal
Reed, Philip Paul, Cpl, (1966-1968) 34 3421 Corporal
Steele, Robert Hugh, Cpl, (1965-1967) 62 6242 Corporal
Swanson, Mike, Sgt, (1965-1969) 30 3051 Corporal
Woods, Patrick, MGySgt, (1965-1998) 61 6113 Corporal
Dion, Ronald, Sgt, (1967-1971) Lance Corporal
Parkyn, Ron, Sgt, (1965-1969) 7113 Lance Corporal
Vaughn, William, LCpl, (1968-1974) 30 3041 Lance Corporal
Densmore II, Frank, LCpl, (1965-1968) 61 6142 Private 1st Class
Wagner, Cecil Boyd, Cpl, (1966-1968) 6241 Corporal
Giddens, Dennis L, Sgt, (1967-1971) 7113 Lance Corporal
Martinez, Leonard, Sgt, (1964-1968) 60 Corporal
Walden, Jasper (Jack), MSgt, (1966-1986) Lance Corporal
Surface, Dale, Cpl, (1965-1969) Corporal

Dryden, Ralph Marion, Maj, (1955-1968) 75 7564 Major
Chapman, John Thomas, Capt, (1964-1968) 75 7564 Captain
Deetz, Bill Wayne, Capt, (1962-1968) 75 7564 Captain
Schram, Frederick Lloyd, Capt, (1962-1968) 75 7564 Captain
Ayres, Albert Boyd, Maj, (1953-1967) 75 7335 Major
Basinger, Richard Louis, Capt, (1961-1967) 75 7335 Captain
Bennett, Ronald David, Capt, (1963-1967) 75 7561 Captain
Frederick, David Addison, Capt, (1961-1967) 75 7562 Captain
House, John Alexander, Capt, (1963-1967) 75 7562 Captain
Kimmel, Eugene William, Capt, (1958-1968) 75 7576 Captain
Martin, Steven Wayne, Capt, (1967-1968) 75 7561 Captain
Mathews, Bob, Maj, (1956-1971) 75 7574 Captain
Owens, Jack Coleman, Maj, (1952-1967) 75 7335 Captain
Stockburger, Arthur Lee, Capt, (1958-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Elmore, William Herschel, 1stLt, (1961-1967) 75 7561 First Lieutenant
Gloer, David Lawrence, 1stLt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Marshall, David, LtCol, (1962-1993) 75 7576 First Lieutenant
Mason, Charles Gilbert, 1stLt, (1965-1967) 75 7561 First Lieutenant

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