Lewis Clark Walton
04 Feb 2000My personal message to "Walt":
"Let's Head For Marlboro Country"
Joseph E. Hannon
16 Nov 2006I too wear his MIA bracelet.
Sgt. Albert Melise III
14103 Mahogany Bay Drive, Boynton Beach, Fl 33436
17 Sep 2007
Thank you for our freedom. Welcome home. You are a great American. I am proud to live in the best country in the world. Thanks to brave man like yourself, I am free. Big Norm
Gorham, New Hampshire
01 Nov 2007
All us New Hampshire girls went to visit you in July and we will be back again. We all miss you and think of you each day. I brought you a Budwiser, I know you enjoyed it. You are one of the greatest men I have ever met. I never stopped looking for you. Now you are home with us, where you belong. We will all visit you again soon. New Hampshire was always more fun than Marlboro Country, Huh!!!!! See you again soon.
From a friend,
Notes from The Virtual Wall
On 3 May 1971 Reconnaissance Team ASP was inserted into the area south of the A Shau Valley about 9 miles east of the Lao/SVN border. The six-man team's mission was to observe and report on enemy activity along a tributary of the Ho Chi Minh Trail which entered SVN at this point. The team consisted of
The insertion was successful and apparently went undetected by the North Vietnamese. After an initial radio report the team proceeded under radio silence - and disappeared. On 04 May, forward air controllers searched the area but were unable to locate the team or to establish radio contact. On 05 May, aerial observers noted signal mirror flashes near the insertion point and sighted two men in dark green fatigues placing signal panels. Although no radio contact was made with the team, helicopters with a rescue team were launched at 1500 hours but could not make the insertion because of bad weather. Fixed-wing FACs remained overhead until 1700 without contacting or sighting the team.
On 06 May weather again prohibited search attempts, and on 07 May hostile fire in the area prevented the insertion of a rescue team. Poor weather then set in, preventing insertion of a search team until 14 May. The team was extracted the same day without having seen or heard from the missing patrol.
Recon Team ASP was given up for lost and the three Americans were placed in Missing in Action status. They were carried as MIA until the Secretary of the Army finally approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the three men - Bingham on 27 May 77, Luttrell on 20 Oct 78, and Walton on 12 Oct 78. Their remains were never recovered.
The Library of Congress recently has made available documentation regarding US POW/MIA personnel and a search of the documentation regarding RT ASP has produced additional information. In 1993, a JTF-FA team visited the locale and interviewed long-time residents, including several who were involved in the fighting which destroyed Recon Team ASP. In summary, a forty-man local militia (VC) force tracked down the team, killing the three Americans and one ARVN. On 04 May the remaining four ARVNs were sighted trying to signal search aircraft, were attacked, and were killed. The militiamen said the bodies were left where they fell - none were buried. An initial exploration of the battle sites failed to locate anything of material importance.
In 2003 a JTF-FA team returned to the village. Although initial searches and excavations recovered only limited personal effects the site was recommended for continued investigation. In 2004 excavations recovered additional personal effects, including a distinctive Saint Christopher's medal, and very fragmented remains which were repatriated to the United States on 19 October 2004. On 23 Oct 2006 the remains were approved as being those of Lewis C. Walton.
SFC Walton's son, SFC Lewis Clark Walton Jr., 115th MP Company, Rhode Island National Guard, traveled to Hawaii bring his father´┐ 1/2 s remains home. The younger SFC Walton, now a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq, was 4 years old when his father left for his second tour of duty in Vietnam.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 5th 2007 at Saint Anthony's Church, Providence RI, followed by burial with full Military Honors in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, Rhode Island.
SFC Lewis Clark Walton in his Dress Green Uniform
(Then Staff Sergeant (SSG))
SFC Lewis Clark Walton's Cemetery Marker
in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery,
Exeter, Rhode Island.
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