In Memory

Charles B. Jr. Walker

Charles B. Jr. Walker

WALKER, CHARLES BUTNER JR

 
 Military Service

Panel: 18W

Row030
BranchMARINE CORPS Rank: LCPL
Tour Date: 08/09/69 Casualty Date: 9/3/1969
Country: SOUTH VIETNAM Province: QUANG NAM
 
 Personal

City: OVERLAND PARK

State: KANSAS

Date of Birth: 2/29/1948

Race: CAUCASIAN

Religion: PROTESTANT - NO PREFERENCE

 
 

 

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04/09/16 09:10 AM #1    

Greg Hammond

From what I remember Charlie died from friendly fire.  A mortar was accidentally launched and struck the observation tower the Charlie was on killing him.


04/14/16 01:38 AM #2    

Terry Colbert

Charlie and I knew each other way before KU. While at KU, Charlie and some other guys that lived in Ellsworth Hall used to hang together a lot and we were all good buddies. I remember when he joined the Marines. Anybody that knew Charlie knew that he was both friendly and strong willed, the type of guy who would make a good marine. It was around August, 1969 that Charlie Walker, John Teague and I went up to Mike's in OPKS on SM Pkwy to have some beer. I am not sure if there was another guy from our class who was also there. WIthin only a couple of months, it would come as a terrible shock to learn that Charlie had died in Viet Nam and that John Teague had also died, caused by a parachute accident while at Mizzou.  

Over the years, I have visited the Viet Nam Memorial at KU many times.  It is located just off of Jayhawk Blvd, not too far from the Chi O fountain.  Charlie's name, of course, is on the wall.  Some of our group of guys that partied together back at KU in those days still touch base from time to time. We always mention and remember Charlie.  He was one of the best.

 

 


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