|Recent Address:||3790 South Ulster St., Denver, CO 80237-1527|
|Family Info:||Parents: Robert and Effie; Wife: Vivian; Child: Debora; Siblings: Roy, Lee, Lucile, Max, Ned, Ray, Betty|
|Date Entered Service:||November 25, 1942|
|Location of Unit:||India; March 1944|
|Awards:||Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 8 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Presidential Unit Citations|
|Service Schools:||Electrical Specialist-Chanute Field, IL ; B-29 Engine Maintenance-Boeing Co., Seattle, WA ; Airplane Armorer-Lowry Field, Denver, CO|
|MOS:||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|
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|Date Transferred from the 58th:||August, 1945|
|Date Discharged:||October, 1945|
|Post WWII 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 About the 58th:||
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.
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
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