LAWRENCE P WALKER - SP4
- DATE OF BIRTH:
- February 07, 1950
- DATE OF CASUALTY:
- February 11, 1970
- BRANCH OF SERVICE:
- South Vietnam
Lawrence Percell Walker was born in Palatka, FL, to Mr. & Mrs. Percell Walker on February 7, 1950. He was the second of five children. His home of record is Newark, NJ.
Lawrence was baptized at an early age. After moving to New Jersey, he joined the Hillside Seventh Day Adventist Church. Everyone, including the pastor and the youths, respected him. He was an active member of the Pathfinders.
Lawrence attended elementary and high school in Florida. He was a 1967 graduate of Central Academy High School. After graduation he relocated to Newark, NJ, where he worked full time. He was also enrolled in college, taking classes at night. His favorite subject was Spanish.
Lawrence was drafted into the US Army in May 1969. He went in as a conscientious objector. That was his way, his personality. He served with Company D, 2/47 Inf. (M), 9th Division. While serving in the Army, Walker attained the rank of Specialist 4 (SP4/E4). He served as a field medic in the aid station on the base and was referred to as "Ace" by the Battalion Surgeon, Captain Ira Spar. This nickname was a reflection of Lawrence's cheerful disposition and excellent medic skills. He won the admiration and respect of everyone in his platoon and his Battalion Surgeon stated that the platoon would only go on a mission if Lawrence were accompanying them.
Lawrence's untimely death came on February 11, 1970, four days after his 30th birthday. His time on earth was short and his death has left an everlasting void in the hearts of his family.
Walker was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Army Commendation Medal.
In the words of Captain Ira Spar, "Of one thing I am sure, he was as fine a medic and man as there was and I am proud to say that I knew him."
Sources: Inez W. Burns (sister) and NJVVMF.
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