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Douglas Alexander Walker

Personal Data:

    Birth Date:  April 29, 1943

    Birth Place:  Broughty Ferry, Scotland

    Race:  Caucasian

    Religion:  Protestant

    U.S. Citizen:  Yes

    Father's Name:  Douglas Walker

    Mother's Name:  Hannah Hagan (Wilson) Walker

    Sibling Names:   

    Marital Status:  Married

    Wife's Name:  Christel A. (unknown) Walker

    Offspring Names:  Rodney A. Walker

Education:

    School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, Massachusetts

    School Start Date:  September 7, 1959 

        (moved to Ludlow, Massachusetts, March 15, 1961) 

    High School Diploma:  Unknown

Selective Service Data:

    SSS Local Board Number:  78

    SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    SSS Registration Date:  May 22, 1961  

    SSS Registrant Description:  6' 1"/165 pounds/brown hair/blue eyes

Military Service Record:

    Entry Date:  June 27, 1961

    Entry Mode:  Enlistment

    Entry Location:  Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

    Home Of Record:  Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

    Military Branch:  Army

    Military Component:  Reserve

    Rank:  Chief Warrant Officer

    Rank Abbrev:  CW2

    Pay Grade:  W2

    MOS:  062B

    MOS Title:  Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor

    Awards Received:   

Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with three Silver and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation

    Badges Earned:   

Army Aviator Badge; Driver/Mechanic Badge with "W" Bar; Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar

    Length Of Service:  6 years

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

    Date Tour Commenced:  October 28, 1967

    Major Command:  1st Aviation Brigade

    Sub Command 1:  17th Aviation Group

    Sub Command 2:  17th Cavalry, 7th Squadron

    Sub Command 3:  Troop A

    Base Location:  Camp Enari, Dak To

    Vehicle/Equipment Type:  OH-6A helicopter

    Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  66-7806

    Army Campaign Number:  5th

    Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase III

Casualty Data:

    Casualty Date:  May 18, 1968

    Casualty Time:  0940

    Co-Casualties:   

Died in 1971 from wounds received on May 18, 1968:  SGT Henry Jackson, Aerial Observer

    Casualty Age:  25

    Casualty Data 1:  Hostile

    Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Pilot

    Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land

    Casualty Province:  Kontum Province

    Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

    Casualty Grid Coordinates:  YB 835 285

    Located In Or Near:  20 miles WNW Dak To

    Body:  Recovered

Burial/Memorial: 

    Burial Location:  Island Pond Cemetery, Ludlow, MA 

    Burial Plot Location: 

    Burial Date:  July 13, 1968

    Consigned Funeral Home:  Ratell Funeral Home, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

    Escort Name:  CW2 Robert S. Kashimoto, USA

    Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  22nd

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  63E

                                                    Line Number:  3

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