Walker, Richard Harold, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Spokane
Last Address
Spokane

Casualty Date
Jan 15, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - Spokane, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 056

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1968, 1542, B Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment
  1967-1968, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Comments/Citation
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Eternal Debt
Posted for: RICHARD HAROLD WALKER:


Lt. Rich Walker led Bravo's first platoon until his death on Jan. 15, 1968. He and his platoon sergeant, SFC Ernest Martin, were among those killed in a heroic effort to relieve and extract third platoon, which had been ambushed and taken heavy casualties. Rich was a big easy going guy who was quick to laugh or share a joke. He took a lot of ribbing about his size, but it never slowed him down. It certainly did not slow him down that day. First platoon was first to reach the ambush site and the firepower they brought to bear on the VC bunker complex gave third platoon the breathing room it needed to consolidate its position and extract the seriously wounded. There are many in third platoon who owe an eternal debt to Rich Walker and the others who selflessly came to our aid.

Posted by: Art Gormley (Photo Credit)
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Sunday, February 18, 2001

An American Hero, Doing His Duty
Posted for: RICHARD HAROLD WALKER:
I was Rich Walker's Company Commander (B Co, 3/22 Inf, 25th Inf Div) from the time he joined the company in late 1967 until the day he was killed. Although Rich carried a lot of weight physically, he was an outstanding Platoon Leader. He came to me right out of OCS. On the day he died, he was leading his platoon forward to take out a VC machine gun bunker which had another platoon pinned down. The same bunker opened up on his platoon, striking him and other platoon members with the first burst. As he lay on the ground, they continued to fire into him. I'll never forget Rich Walker. He was an American hero. Robert Hemphill, LTC, USA, Retired.
Posted by: Robert Hemphill
Email: bravo6bull@aol.com
Relationship: Commander
Friday, March 19, 1999

The final act for a friend.
Posted for: RICHARD HAROLD WALKER:
I was with B/22/25 Div. Mech. When we were called to assist Richard's company we opened the APC's up. When I was able to get close enough I could recognize Richard's body. We had been friends since OCS. I had to call in butterfly bombs within 100 yards in order to extract all the casualties. I helped lay Richard inside of my track and knelt beside him for the 2 klicks back to base, the longest ride I had ever taken.
Posted by: Dean S. Springer
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Wednesday, February 12, 2003
   
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