Glenn D. Walker

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Glenn D. Walker
File:Glenn D. Walker (U.S. Army General).jpeg
Walker as a major general at the time of his command of the 4th Infantry Division.
Born (1916-01-21)January 21, 1916
Hineston, Louisiana
Died May 3, 2002(2002-05-03) (aged 86)
Kosciusko, Mississippi
Buried at Memorial Park, Union, Mississippi
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1934–1974
1976-1979
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 6th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Task Force (Vietnam)
4th Infantry Division
I Corps
First United States Army
Mississippi National Guard
Battles/wars World War II
Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal
Spouse(s) Margaret Hays Walker (1916 -- 2007) (m. 1941-2002 (his death))

Glenn D. Walker (January 21, 1916 -- May 3, 2002) was a lieutenant general in the United States Army. He was notable as commander of the 4th Infantry Division, First United States Army, I Corps, and adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.

Early life

Glenn David Walker was born in Hineston, Louisiana on January 21, 1916. His family moved to Morton, Mississippi in 1926, and Walker graduated from Morton High School in 1934.

After high school, Walker attended East Central Junior College, and enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He subsequently attended the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College, and graduated from Mississippi College in 1939. After graduating he remained at Mississippi College as an instructor and athletic coach.

Military career

World War II

In 1941 Walker received his commission as a second lieutenant of Infantry. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1942, captain in 1943, major in July 1944, and lieutenant colonel in August, 1944.

Walker entered active duty for World War II in 1942 as a member of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, a unit of the 4th Infantry Division. He received a commission, completed training with his unit in the United States and England, and commanded a company. He took part in the Utah Beach assault during the Normandy landings as executive officer of the regiment's 3rd Battalion.[1]

By the time of Operation Cobra, Walker was in command of a battalion, and he continued to lead his unit until he was wounded during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. Walker remained hospitalized until June 1945.

Post-World War II

After the war, Walker remained in the Army, and served as an Infantry School instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then served with the Army Advisory Group in Nanjing, and on the staff of the Far East Command in Tokyo.

Walker graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in 1951, and after graduation remained at the school as a faculty member. He was promoted to colonel in 1955.

In 1956 Walker graduated from the United States Army War College. He then served in West Germany, first as deputy chief of staff for intelligence (G-2) at Seventh United States Army, and then as commander of the 6th Infantry Regiment.

Walker was assigned to the Pentagon in 1958, first on the staff of the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations (G-3), and then on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 1962 Walker graduated from the National War College, after which he carried out assignments as deputy chief of staff for personnel (G-1), first with Eighth United States Army in South Korea, and then with United States Army Pacific in Hawaii.

Vietnam War (first tour)

In 1965, Walker was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as assistant division commander of the 4th Infantry Division, and deployed with the division to South Vietnam.[2] From April to October, 1966 he commanded the 3rd Brigade Task Force, which was subsequently organized as 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.[3]

In October, 1966, Walker returned to the 4th Infantry Division as assistant division commander, and he continued to serve in Vietnam until August, 1967.

Post-Vietnam War (first tour)

After returning to the United States, Walker was assigned to the Continental Army Command as deputy chief of staff for military operations and reserve forces. He was promoted to major general in November, 1967.

Vietnam War (second tour)

In November, 1969 Walker returned to Vietnam, this time as commander of the 4th Infantry Division. He led the division until August, 1970.[4]

Post-Vietnam War (second tour)

Walker returned to the Pentagon in 1970 as assistant deputy chief of staff for military operations in the office of the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations (G-3).

In July, 1971 Walker was appointed commander of I Corps in South Korea and promoted to lieutenant general. In August, 1972 he returned to the United States as a special assistant for training in the office of the Army Chief of Staff.

Walker was assigned as commander of First United States Army at Fort Meade, Maryland in August, 1973.[5] He served until August, 1974, when he retired from the Army.[6]

Mississippi Adjutant General

From 1974 to 1976 Walker lived in retirement on a farm in Union, Mississippi. In February, 1976 he returned to military service when he was appointed adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.[7] He served in this post until retiring again in 1980.[8]

Awards and decorations

Walker's awards and decorations included (partial list):

Death and burial

Walker died in Kosciusko, Mississippi on May 3, 2002. He was buried at Memorial Park in Union.[9]

Family

In 1941 Walker married Margaret Hays Walker (1916 -- 2007). Their children included: Glenn D. Walker, Jr. (Dave); Dr. Michael Walker; and Keith C. Walker. Glenn D. Walker, Jr. served in the Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Michael Walker became a veterinarian. Keith Walker served in the Army, and retired as a lieutenant general.

References

  1. "Utah Beah: U.S. Troops; 4th Infantry Division Order of Battle". D-Day: Etat Des Lieux. Patrick Elie. Retrieved April 7, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hymoff, Edward (1997). Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam. New York, NY: M.W. Lads Publishing Company. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-56311-457-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The Journal of the Armed Forces. Washington, DC: Army and Navy Journal, Incorporated. 1966. p. 53.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Stanton, Shelby L. (2003). Vietnam Order of Battle. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8117-0071-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Associated Press (August 1, 1973). "Gen. Walker takes 1st Army Command". Cumberland News. Cumberland, MD. p. 1. (Subscription required (help)).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Lt. Gen. Kalergis, a Lowell Native, Takes Command of the First U.S. Army". Lowell Sun. Lowell, MA. January 2, 1974. p. 1. (Subscription required (help)).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. United Press International (February 9, 1976). "The State: Finch Names Adjutant General". Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, MS. p. 1. (Subscription required (help)).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Annual Report. Jackson, MS: Mississippi Adjutant General. 1983. p. 22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Glenn D. Walker at Find a Grave

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Military offices
Preceded by
Donn R. Pepke
Commander of the 4th Infantry Division
1969–1970
Succeeded by
William A. Burke
Preceded by
Edward L. Rowny
Commander of I Corps
1971–1972
Succeeded by
Richard T. Knowles
Preceded by
Claire E. Hutchin, Jr.
Commander of First United States Army
1973–1974
Succeeded by
James G. Kalergis
Preceded by
E. A. (Bebe) Turnage
Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard
1976–1980
Succeeded by
Cohen E. Robertson