Walker, William John, Maj

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7564-Pilot Ch-53 A/D Qualified
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
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1968-Present, 7564, MIA - Vietnam
Service Years
1956 - 1968
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Cold War 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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Getchell, James Arthur, LtCol, (1956-1978) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Jensen, Redmond Roland, Capt, (1951-1965) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Johnston, Gordon, LtCol, (1952-1975) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Ram, Cornelius Herbert, Maj, (1951-1971) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Spence, Jack, Maj, (1950-1973) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Wuertz, Joseph B, Col, (1952-1986) 99 9901 Second Lieutenant
Aitken, Hugh, BGen, (1946-1980) 3 0302 Major
Hittinger, Francis R, LtCol, (1944-1968) 3 0302 Captain
Sparks, John, LtCol, (1949-1973) 3 0302 Captain
Barnes, Weldon Dow, Maj, (1955-1977) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Bates, William S., Maj, (1952-1972) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Hollabaugh, Jon, Col, (1957-1987) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Miller, Robert, Capt, (1955-1963) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Modrzejewski, Robert J, Col, (1957-1986) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Moody, Bryce, 2ndLt, (1958-1959) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Mundy, Carl, Gen, (1953-1995) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Phenegar, Wesley Robert, Capt, (1958-1967) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Ram, Cornelius Herbert, Maj, (1951-1971) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Strandquist, John H, LtCol, (1948-1973) 8 0801 Second Lieutenant
Strandquist, John H, LtCol, (1948-1973) 8 0801 Second Lieutenant
Wallace, Ray, 1stLt, (1958-1962) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Hinkle, Spurgeon L., SgtMaj, (1953-1973) 44 4449 Staff Sergeant
Noz, John, Sgt, (1953-1957) 18 1811 Sergeant
Herron, Donald, Cpl, (1958-1961) 1 0141 Corporal
Ramsay, Charles James, LtCol, (1949-1969) Second Lieutenant
Bynum, Franklin Delano, Capt, (1950-1967) 3 Corporal
Dailey, John, Gen, (1956-1992) Second Lieutenant

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