DD-517 (Fletcher class)
My name is Russ Wilson. I served aboard Walker from Feb.' 69 until July 2 , ' 69 after the decommissioning ceremonys' that day. Walker and Taylor (DD 468) that day were turned over to the Italian navy. I have the litature of the decommissioning and crew roster of the last west-pac cruise. I provided this info to the original web master of the walker several years ago , but will fax copies of what i have to you , if wanted.
Subject: Link Request
You have created a wonderful web site, dedicated to US Sailors everywhere and the spirit of our Proud Country. My Dad served on the USS Walker 517, 1943-1945. This evening I added his name and rank to your web site. The USS Walker has an incredible website at www.usswalker.com many photos, stories and a new book published relating to the WWII exploits of the ship. I do not have the authority to grant you link rights, however if you email the web master, I believe they may accommodate you. I have numerous photos of the ship and crew (1943-1945), if you would like, I can email them to you (jpeg files). Interesting to note; when I was an 19 year old infantry soldier in Vietnam, the USS Walker provided artillery support. Life seems to be full of irony. You can visit our 7th Cavalry (Vietnam) web site at www.Bravo2-7.org.
Be that as it may, I am thankful that you have created this historical and comprehensive web site of the US Navy. Most unfortunately, Dad passed in 1985 and I know he would have been proud of what you have accomplished. Congratulations on a job well done!!!
Paul Decker, 11B (infantry)
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