John Raymond Walker

Specialist Six
Army of the United States
29 November 1945 - 20 March 1972
Rochester, NH
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Raymond Walker

7 Sep 2001

This is a memorial to a man who dedicated his life to the service of his country. Enlisting in the Army at 17, it was his ambition to retire from the service and he had re-enlisted for eight years just prior to his tour in Vietnam. I met him when he was stationed at Fort Lee, Va.

I was a 16 year old "hippie" and I used to rag him about dressing so square. He was 25 and stuck in the fifties thing. He could have passed for Elvis except for the strawberry blonde hair. I enjoyed his company immensely.

The last time I saw him he informed me he was going to Vietnam. At 16, you don't really realize the implications of this. No one dies when you're 16. He said he was going to visit his parents for two weeks before he left and asked if I wanted to go. I declined. I figured I'd see him when he got back. I figured wrong.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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