Walker, Kenneth John, Cpl

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
604-Light Machine Gunner
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1948, 604, 7th Infantry Division
Service Years
1944 - 1948

Corporal


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last Address
West Salem, Oregon

Date of Passing
Aug 05, 1997
 
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section Y, Site 1614

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Corporal, U.S. Army, WWII (7th Infantry Division)
C.I.B., Purple Heart (Okinawa), Bronze Star w/V device
Lay Preacher

Kenneth John is the son of John Rupert and Edna Sofia Jacobson Walker. His mother, Edna, while living in Los Angeles and 7 1/2 months pregnant, went to visit her parents in Minneapolis. She ended up giving birth to Kenneth while there. Kenneth finished school and graduated from Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California, Class of '46, after his return from the war in the Pacific in 1945. He left the service in April 1948 at the insistance of his fiancee, Dolores Fay Mosteller.

He was the husband of (1) Dolores Fay Mosteller (m. 1948; d. 1965), and (2) Lillian Jessie Reischke (m. 1979). He had 3 children with Dolores; Stephen Kent, Shelley Lynn and Kevin Charles Walker. Kenneth and Lillian had no children.

Even though I hadn't seen my father for over 30 years, I remember him for his love of sports and his athleticism. When we were kids growing up in the North Torrance/Gardena area of Los Angeles County, he would take as many of the neighborhood kids as wanted to go, all pile into our 1948 Plymouth coupe, and we would go the three blocks to El Camino Jr. College, form up teams and play whatever sport was being played at the time. We all grew up with a love of, and the ability to play most sports thanks to him.

Looking back, I regret most of all, not having my father in my life. That was my choice and it gnaws on me every day.

Dad was a recovered alcholic, and a born again Christian. He spent the last 25 years of his life, 18 of them with his wife Lillian at his side, as a lay-minister, ministering to the homeless in food-kitchens and rescue missions across the west and northwest United States. Kenneth was the Assistant Director of Union Gospel Mission's in Yakima, Washington and Salem, Oregon. He met Lillian while doing his work with the Lord, and he finally settled with Lillian, in West Salem, Oregon, where they both lived until their deaths. Kenneth and Lillian are buried together at Willamette National Cemetery near Portland, Oregon. 

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
7th Infantry Division
  1944-1948, 604, 7th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1948 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
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