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Howard E. Walker
Branch: Air Force
Rank: CPL
War or Conflict: WWII
Years of Service: 2
Howard E. Walker was part of the 464th Bomb Group- 15th Air Force WW11. Born in August 1924 and was one of 5 brothers that went off to war. Only one of these brothers lost their life on Bougainville in the South Pacific for which we are thankful. All of this I've had to learn on my own as my father wasn't a man that cared to talk about his time at war. What I do remember him saying when I would ask was that the real heroes were the ones that didn't make it home.

The Fifteenth Air Force (15th AF) was established on November 1, 1943 in Tunis, Tunisia as part of the United States Army Air Forces in the World War II Mediterranean Theater of Operations as a strategic air force and commenced combat operations the day after it was formed. The first commander was General Jimmy Doolittle.

Howard was in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.

Battles and Campaigns - Rome-Arno No Apennines Po Valley Southern France Rhineland Air Combat Europe Northern France.

Howard came home from the service in September of 1945 to Ann Arbor Michigan, married my mother Lolita had three daughters while earning his PHD from the University of Michigan.

Howard passed away in June 2009 after spending a long career with the Ann Arbor School System. He was a very well loved educator and father!

Writing this today and thinking about my father makes me once again realize how thankful my generation should be because of the hero's like my father and his generation! There have been other conflicts and other young men going off to war since that time and to all of you I say Thank You for Your Service and to Our Country!

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