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Walker, Edwin Andersonlocked

(10 November 1909–31 October 1993)
  • Edward L. Lach, Jr.

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Walker, Edwin Anderson (10 November 1909–31 October 1993), military officer and political agitator, was born in Center Point, Kerr County, Texas, the son of George Pinckney Walker, a rancher, and Charlotte Thornton. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in 1927, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Walker graduated in 1931 as an artillery officer and by 1940 had risen to the rank of captain while acquiring a reputation as an excellent polo player. Following America’s entry into World War II, he volunteered for the First Special Services Force, a joint Canadian-American commando unit that participated in the landing at Anzio Beach, Italy, in 1944. By August of that year Walker was named unit commander and led his men as part of the invasion of southern France....

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