Sunday, October 12, 2008

Some Gave All

Jack T. Walker -- KIA 10/4/1943 -- click to enlarge

My sister Jennifer and her husband Ben traveled to Italy recently on vacation. They had an extra hour or so on their tour so they took a detour to the Rome-Sicily Cemetery where Allied WW2 dead are buried. My great uncle Jack Walker was killed in the Italian Campaign on Oct. 4, 1943. My Papa (Grandfather) and his brothers idolized Jack. I think he was killed by a mortar -- the stories seem fuzzy now. Finding out what exactly happened is pretty near impossible on this side of life. My Mom lived in France for a few years in the 1950s and they visited Jack's grave, which was the last time he was visited until Jen and Ben last week. I'm grateful to him, didn't know him, but he had a helluva brother in my grandfather. If Papa idolized him, then Jack must've been quite a man.

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