Walker, William John, Maj

MIA/POW
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary MOS
7564-Pilot Ch-53 A/D Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1968-Present, 7564, MIA - Vietnam
Service Years
1956 - 1968
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Golden Dragon Certificate
Officer_ Collar Insignia

Major

 
 

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State of Birth
California
California
Year of Birth
1934
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by LCpl Ashley Roberts to remember Marine Maj William John Walker.

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 Unofficial Badges 

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]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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, HML-167



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HML-167 Unit Page
Rank
Major
MOS
7564-Pilot Ch-53 A/D Qualified
Location
Not Specified
Country/State
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
 
 
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 HML-167 Details

HML-167
Type
Air Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Helicopter Units
Strength
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
61  Chellis, Scott (Banford), Sgt 4
   

Last Updated: Jun 7, 2018
   
   
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51 Members Also There at Same Time
HML-167

Regan, Richard, LtCol, (1965-1986) 75 7563 Lieutenant Colonel
Davis, Ron, Capt, (1966-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Gray, Courtland, Capt, (1965-1970) 75 7563 Captain
Harrell, Roger Parry, Capt, (1961-1969) 75 7563 Captain
Jeffries, John, Capt, (1965-1976) 75 7563 Captain
Stockburger, Arthur Lee, Capt, (1958-1968) 75 7563 Captain
Castle, Robert Edward, 1stLt, (1967-1970) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Flint, Melvin, Capt, (1963-1974) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Gloer, David Lawrence, 1stLt, (1965-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Halstead, Lee Michael, 1stLt, (1966-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Jarrell, Michael, Capt, (1966-1971) 75 7560 First Lieutenant
Lurie, Robert Michael, 1stLt, (1966-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Voss, William Arthur, 1stLt, (1966-1968) 75 7563 First Lieutenant
Bell, John, SSgt, (1965-1974) 60 6044 Staff Sergeant
Summey, Burnice, SSgt, (1959-1971) 62 6242 Staff Sergeant
Summey, Burnice, SSgt, (1959-1971) 62 6242 Staff Sergeant
Underwood, Thomas Wayne, SSgt, (1959-1970) 60 6018 Staff Sergeant
Adaway, David, Sgt, (1962-1968) 61 6154 Sergeant
Bailey, Brian, Sgt, (1968-1972) 65 6521 Sergeant
Davis, Chester, Sgt, (1965-1969) 65 6531 Sergeant
Foster, William Henry, Sgt, (1964-1968) 7113 Sergeant
Harper, Louis, SSgt, (1966-1975) 62 6212 Sergeant
Mann, Jim, Sgt, (1964-1968) 61 6168 Sergeant
March, William, Sgt, (1966-1974) 60 6064 Sergeant
Mounts, Ronald, Sgt, (1967-1971) 61 6114 Sergeant
Russom, Ronn, Sgt, (1966-1969) 61 6168 Sergeant
Sharpe, Dave, Sgt, (1965-1969) 61 6168 Sergeant
Symon, Gordon, Sgt, (1967-1971) 62 6212 Sergeant
Trenkle, Randy, Sgt, (1967-1971) 61 6168 Sergeant
Weathers, Dennis, Sgt, (1965-1969) 65 6511 Sergeant
Woodward, Tim, Sgt, (1967-1971) 62 6201 Sergeant
Anderson, William Olin, Cpl, (1966-1969) 30 3051 Corporal
Becker, John Bertram, Cpl, (1966-1968) 62 6212 Corporal
Bishop, Gary, Sgt, (1965-1970) 65 6511 Corporal
Blair, William, Cpl, (1968-1972) 61 6114 Corporal
Estrada, Andrew L., Cpl, (1967-1971) 60 6054 Corporal
LaFountaine, Norman, Cpl, (1965-1969) 61 6168 Corporal
Long, Stephen, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6242 Corporal
Long, Stephen, Sgt, (1966-1970) 8071 Corporal
Low, Keith, SSgt, (1967-1971) 8071 Corporal
Loyd, George, SgtMaj, (1967-1993) 62 6242 Corporal
Pugh, Stephen Brian, Cpl, (1966-1968) 63 6371 Corporal
Stedman, John, Cpl, (1966-1970) 61 6199 Corporal
Vrancik, William, Sgt, (1966-1970) 61 6168 Corporal
Day, Terry Buckles, LCpl, (1966-1968) 63 6372 Lance Corporal
Wagstaff, James Donald, PFC, (1966-1968) 63 6311 Private 1st Class
Davis, Ron, Capt, (1966-1970) First Lieutenant
Farley, John, Sgt, (1967-1970) 62 Sergeant
Mann, Jim, Sgt, (1964-1968) Sergeant
Yates, Danny, Sgt, (1966-1972) Corporal
Fudge, Robert, PFC, (1966-1970) Lance Corporal
Androlevich, Bob, MGySgt, (1959-1990) Staff Sergeant
Miracle, William, Cpl, (1967-1971) Corporal
Parsons, Warren Cecil, Cpl, (1966-1968) Corporal

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