Walt was born in Bradford Pa. in 1920. He graduated Bradford High School in 1938. He joined the Army September, 1940 and was sent to England in the Signal Corps. where he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and Wire Chief. He was selected for pilot training school and sent to Blythe, California. He earned his wings and Second Lt. in Marfa, Texas.
Walt was sent back to England where he flew 35 missions over Germany in B-17’s. He went from a Co-Pilot to Aircraft Commander while flying those missions. His last mission was in January 1945. He returned to the United States where he flew experimental bombing missions in a B-17 until 1953.
Walt went on to fly the B-47, B-36, and B-52’s. He retired as a Major in 1963 at Tinker Air Force Base.
He then retired from Sears in 1982 and lives with his wife of 72 years. He has a daughter and a son. Walt still enjoys playing his Guitar in a band on weekends.