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Dale "Bucky" Walter

 

Date and Place of Birth: August 6, 1917 Oshkosh, WI
Date and Place of Death:    September 15, 1943 Tunisia, North Africa
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Military Unit: Headquarters Squadron, 17th Bomb Group USAAF
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations

Oshkosh Star Killed in Action
Milwaukee Sentinel - October 11, 1943

Dale S. “Bucky” Walter, the son of Joseph and Beatrice Walter, was born on August 6, 1917 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from Oshkosh High School in 1937, Walter had a trial with the St. Louis Browns at Terre Haute, Indiana, after attending a baseball school at Greenville, Mississippi. “He pitched in the rain one day,” reported the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, “and a scout standing directly back of him reported his ability on the mound as good, but the next day his arm was a bit stiff from the rain and he did not show up as well in the trials.” He pitched that season for the Brooklyn team in the Winnebagoland League and hurled for the Omro team the following year.

Working as a tool designer at the Wisconsin Axle Company, Walter enlisted with the Army Air Force in March 1942. He left the United States on December 11, 1942 and arrived in North Africa on December 24. Staff Sergeant Walter was assigned to the Headquarters Squadron of the 17th Bomb Group at Telergma, Algeria.

The 17th Bomb Group was later stationed in Tunisia and S/Sgt. Walter died in a non-battle related incident on September 15, 1943. He was originally buried at the American Cemetery in Tunis before his remains were returned to the United States.

Sources:
Oshkosh Northwestern
, April 12, 1937
Oshkosh Northwestern
, June 28, 1937
Oshkosh Northwestern
, July 11, 1938
Milwaukee Sentinel
, October 11, 1943
www.oshkoshmuseum.org

Date Added May 9, 2013

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