Donovan Keith Walters

United States Air Force
08 January 1944 - 16 September 1976
Lebanon, Nebraska
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USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donovan Keith Walters

18 Oct 2001

Donovan K. Walters, my husband, was shot down the 21st of December. Our 6th wedding anniversary would have been December 23rd. I was called 16 years and one day later on December 22nd, 1988, and was told his remains were being returned. One might think I would hate Christmas but I don't.

Don brought to me everything good and wonderful that I ever had in my life. We have a son who is a Major in the Air Force. He and his wife produced my only grandchild, a son. Our daughter, Christine, was born on her Dad's birthday. She was only 4 months old when he was sent to Guam. They never got to celebrate their birthday together.

Charleen Walters

28 Mar 2007

Don was the first friend and only ROTC classmate who was on the Wall, MIA.

When I was on the debriefing team for the POW's, I kept hoping to hear something about him.

I saluted the Wall and cried when it was new - Never knew the true outcome till today. It is nice to have closure for a friend who was lost.

Rest in Peace, old friend.

Jerry E. Wesch
Capt, USAF 1970-74

A Note from The Virtual Wall

LINEBACKER II operations, popularly known as the "Christmas Bombings", began in December 1972 and involved extrememly heavy operations by land- and carrier-based tactical aircraft and B-52 heavy bombers operating from Guam and Thailand.

On 21 December 21, 1972, a B-52G bomber operating from Guam was hit by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile just west of Hanoi after coming off target. The seven men aboard were

  • LtCol Keith R. Heggen, captured, died in captivity (remains repatriated 1974);
  • LtCol Edward H. Johnson, navigator, MIA;
  • LtCol James Y. Nagahiro, pilot, captured and released in February 1973;
  • Capt Donovan K. Walters, co-pilot, MIA;
  • Capt Lynn R. Beens, captured and released in February 1973;
  • Capt Robert R. Lynn, electronic warfare officer, MIA; and
  • A1C Charles J. Bebus, gunner, MIA.
In 1976, the Secretary of the Air Force approved presumptive findings of death for the four crewmen listed as Missing in Action. In October 1988, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Bebus, Johnson, Lynn and Walters to U.S. control.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Oct 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009