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Rex E. Walker
Rex Walker, WWII
Rex Walker, WWII
Recent Address:

3790 South Ulster St., Denver, CO 80237-1527

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Robert and Effie; Wife: Vivian; Child: Debora; Siblings: Roy, Lee, Lucile, Max, Ned, Ray, Betty

Hometown:

Pueblo, CO

Date Entered Service:

November 25, 1942

Service Number:

13071470

Bomb Group:

462nd Bomb Group

Squadron:

769th Bomb Squadron

Location of Unit:

India; March 1944

Missions Flown:

35 combat

Hump Missions Flown:

33

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 8 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Presidential Unit Citations

Service Schools Attended:

Electrical Specialist-Chanute Field, IL ; B-29 Engine Maintenance-Boeing Co., Seattle, WA ; Airplane Armorer-Lowry Field, Denver, CO

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 611-Aerial Gunner, MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6347 King Size, 42-6273 Old-Bitch-U-Airy Bess, Hellbird 503, Liberty Belle

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

August, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:
Recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, 8/1950-1951: 1st Communications Construction Squadron, Vance AFB, Enid, OK, and Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Mountain Bell (now known as Qwest), Pueblo, Colorado. Retired in 1981 with 35 years of service in cable repair (both as craft and Management).
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Rex was proud of his military service to this nation and of the men he served with. He was, however, not a man to seek recognition. He thrived in the disciplined life of the Army and would carry that self-command with him for a lifetime. He was quick to argue that although he recalled many terrifying experiences during his tour of duty, he was fortunate not to have suffered the deprivation and physical hardships that many of the ground troops endured on a daily basis.

He did not share his wartime experiences until quite late in his life. During those conversations he recalled times, places, situations, and faces from 50 years ago without hesitation. He did note one accomplishment in particular -- having been part of the first strike against Japan by land-based aircraft. And he was very proud of his Distinguished Flying Cross decoration awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. But with an emotional voice he also said there were "so many others" that were more deserving than he, those that did not return.
Comments:

My father, Rex Walker, would be pleased to know this memorial to the 58th Bomb Wing is finally a reality and he would have relished an opportunity to share his experiences, knowledge and cherished Army Air Force artifacts with future generations of Americans. He was a great student of history and a firm believer in the lessons it has to teach. He was proud to be an American. His faith in the greatness of this nation NEVER faltered.

Mr. Walker passed away April 25th 2002 and is buried at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, CO

 

Rex Walker
Rex Walker

 


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