Willie Walker, Army master sergeant, dies at 92

January 31, 2014

Willie Walker, who served in the Army for three decades, including in World War II and the Vietnam War, and retired in the early 1970s as a master sergeant, died Jan. 1 at a hospital in Hampton, Va. He was 92.

The cause was cancer, said his daughter Jeannie Walker. He was a longtime Woodbridge resident.

In Vietnam, Master Sgt. Walker was an aide to Gen. Paul D. Harkins and Gen. William C. Westmoreland, his daughter said. After his Army service, Master Sgt. Walker was a security officer at the Federal Reserve Board.

Willie Walker was born in Waynesboro, Ga., and had lived in the Washington area since 1968. His military decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, numerous awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and numerous awards of the Army Commendation Medal.

His marriages to Joyce Lee Walker and Dong Thi Tran Walker ended in divorce. Survivors include two children from his second marriage, Tam Walker Jr. of Vail, Ariz., and Jeannie Walker of Woodbridge; three brothers; a sister; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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