Rank and Name, Steward’s Mate First Class A.W. Walker.
Unit/Placed in, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Cruiser, United States Naval Reserve.
A is born approx. on 4 May 1925 in Fayette County, Tennessee.
Father, Davis Walker.
Mother, Minnie Walker.
Brother(s), Jimmie and Robert L. Walker.
- enlisted the service in Tennessee with service number # 84611835.
A was KIA when the Japanese Submarine I-58 Torpedoed the USS Indianapolis and she Sunk at the Philippine Sea on July 30, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
A is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
He is also Mentioned at U.S.S. Indianapolis National Memorial
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
A.W. Walker was born May 4, 1925 in Fayette County, Tennessee, son of David and Minnie Walker. The family lived in Fayette county, where his father was a cotton farmer. He had two brothers. In 1940 he had completed one year of high school.
He enlisted in the Navy on August 19, 1943 and reported aboard the USS Indianapolis October 31, 1943. He was a Steward’s Mate First Class on the final sail list.
USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She was named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. She was flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific. Her sinking led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. On 30 July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 316 survived. A.W. Walker did not survive.
His name appears on the monument at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, the Philippines.