Woodbury County

Pfc. Walter R. VanDeWalker




S. C. Marine Injured on Iwo

Pfc. Walter R. Van De Walker, 19, was wounded in action on Iwo Jima, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Gifford, 2644 S. Helen street, have been informed by the War Department. He was a member of the Third Marine division that played a major role in the fierce Pacific battle, and also participated in the battles of Guam and Morotai. A former student at East high school, Pfc. Van De Walker is convalescing in a hospital in the South Pacific.

The young marine also has several brothers in the service, including Pfc. Roland Gifford, recently home on furlough after 33 months in the South Pacific; Seaman Second Class George Gifford, who is attending an engineer school at the Great Lakes, and Seaman Second Class Willard Gifford, also at the Great Lakes. Another brother, Don, plans to leave for training in the marines immediately upon graduation.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Monday, March 12, 1945 (photo included)

93 Iowans on Army-Navy Casualty List

The names of 93 more Iowans were included in an army and navy casualty report made public Monday by the Office of War Information. Twenty are listed as dead, 62 wounded and 11 missing. The list follows:

Navy Wounded: [excerpt]

VAN DE WALKER, Walter R., Pfc., USMRC, Sioux City

Source: Quad City Times, (Davenport, Iowa), Monday, May 14, 1945