JACK WALTERS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 20E, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

JACK WALTERS JR

WALL NAME

JACK WALTERS JR

PANEL / LINE

20E/51

DATE OF BIRTH

06/10/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/19/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WHITEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Columbus County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LCDR

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JACK WALTERS JR
POSTED ON 3.5.2018

Final Mission of LT Jack Walters Jr.

LCDR James L. Griffin was the pilot of a North American RA-5C Vigilante (#150826) reconnaissance aircraft assigned to Reconnaissance Squadron 13 (RVAH-13) on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). On May 19, 1967, LCDR Griffin and navigator LT Jack Walters Jr. were conducting a post-combat strike reconnaissance mission with an escort ship north of Hanoi in North Vietnam. The escort aircraft reported intense anti-aircraft fire (AAA) in the target area, and that Griffin’s RA-5C was seen to pitch up and break in half. The Vigilante then became engulfed in flames, caused by an undetermined classification of AAA. The escort aircraft observed the ejections of the crew, however, it was unable to continue investigating the crew’s condition and was forced to leave the area due to intense ground fire in a high threat and heavily populated area. Both Griffin and Walters were captured; Walters reportedly died the following day from his injuries. Although gravely injured himself, Griffin was forced to read a statement which was broadcast in North Vietnam. A photo of his military ID card was displayed in a museum in Hanoi. Griffin was carried in a "Missing in Action" status until January, 1973, when his death on May 21, 1967, was revealed by the North Vietnamese. On January 16, 1974, the Secretary of the Navy verified that Commander Griffin had died while a prisoner of war. A plaque marking the event of his "shoot down" stands on the corner of a building in downtown Hanoi. The two airmen were promoted while Prisoners of War, Griffin to Commander, and Walters to Lieutenant Commander. Their remains were repatriated on March 13, 1974, and positively identified on April 17, 1974. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, veterantributes.org, and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 5.19.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCDR Jack Walters Jr, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.8.2013
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece, and Rosa King

Salute to a Fellow Veterans

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

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POSTED ON 10.18.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Jack is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 3.28.2011

If I should die...remembrances for LCDR Jack WALTERS, JR, USN...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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