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Walton signed on at 17, served in the cavalry during World War II

Honoring All Who Served

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Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Kingman to William and Clara (Aitken) Walton, Dad grew up going to school in Kingman and eventually joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs). In 1938, as a 17-year-old young man (yes, he was too young, but it was a common practice in the era), William entered the Army. He would later relate stories to his children of shenanigans witnessed during his time in the cavalry, such as burrs under saddles of unpopular officers, but rarely did he discuss the hardships or horrors he undoubtedly experienced in these wars.

On Nov. 10, 1942, William married Dorothy F. Riggs, a marriage that lasted over 55 years, until death did them part. His service took him, and often his family, to such places as Germany, Korea, and Trieste. William retired in 1960 as a captain with 22 years of service.

During his service, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star (X2) and Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and four Overseas Service Bars. Captain William W. Walton passed away on March 19, 1998. He is survived by 3 children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In loving memory, our hero.

Submitted by: Bob Walton

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