Walter Frederic Junkins

Walter "Walt" Fredric10 Junkins (William Lawford9, William Pierre8, Charles Edward7, William6, John5, John4 (Captain), Alexander3, Alexander2, Robert1), 89, Camp Hill, PA died Friday, June 13th at home. Born 1919 in Boston, MA, he began his post-high school days being employed by the New York, New Haven & Hartfield Railroad as a Machinist Apprentice, working the the Back Shop on locomotives.

At the same time, he started his military career by enlisting in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. In 1933, Walt transferred to the United States Marine Corps Reserve. On November 8, 1940, Walt was called to active duty.

He was honorably discharged on January 21, 1941 to support his family after his mother became unemployed. On May 18, 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to A Co. 796 MP Bn. and transferred to the Military Police School at Ft. Custer, MI, where he received basic military police training and criminal investigation training.

In March 1944, he was transferred to Southampton, England where he served under General George Patton. In September 1947, he was once again on his way to Europe where he was assigned as the Operations Officer in Bad Homburg, Germany.

Walt, a war veteran, retired as the grade of Major from the Army March 30, 1963.

Walt met his wife, Jean, in 1944 after his transfer to her hometown of Southampton, England. When he returned to the U.S., he invited her to visit and soon talked her into marrying him. They have one son, Philip, who is a director of the Junkins Family Association.

For more information, see JFA Newsletter 13, March 2002..

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