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Denver Walker

enver Walker was born May 23, 1918 to L. J. Walker and Myrtle Walker in Pine Knob, Raleigh County, West Virginia. Denver lived his whole life near his family and he maintained his residence in Pine Knob until his death.

Just before Denver entered the armed forces, he fell in love an married a local girl, Gladys Kincaid. Gladys was born in Dry Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia on January 22, 1925 to Dennis Kincaid and Beatrice Stewart, but by the time of their marriage she was also living in Pine Knob. Denver and Gladys were united in matrimony at the home of the Rev. W. W. Workman on August 29, 1942.

Denver was inducted into the United States Army on December 29, 1942 at Huntington, West Virginia, and he entered into active duty at Fort Thomas, Kentucky on January 4, 1943. Denver was lucky enough to remain in the United States for most of 1943; he was not sent overseas to the European Theater until December 28, 1943. While in Europe, Denver served with the 625th Ordinance Ammunition Company of the 191st Ordinance Battalion.

Denver and Gladys were lucky enough to be blessed with a child, and their son, Denver Dean Walker, was born July 29, 1944. Unfortunately, father and son were never able to meet as Denver was killed in action on April 28, 1944 while participating in Exercise Tiger.

Denver was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and his body was buried at sea. In recognition of his honorable service in World War II, and for his ultimate sacrifice, Denver Walker's name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England, and Denver's was one of the original names inscribed on the West Virginia Veteran's Memorial.

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