Franklin Wirth Walker Papers
Collection consists mainly of correspondence from Franklin Wirth Walker to Vera Mae (Foster) Walker during his service with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado; Camp Swift, Texas; and in Italy. There are also letters from Vera to Franklin and to and from other family members and friends. One folder contains Franklin's life insurance certificate and Army salary allotment receipt, Vera's teaching contract and the couple's wedding announcement.
- Walker, Franklin Wirth, 1923-1945 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English unless otherwise noted.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Franklin Wirth Walker (known as Wirth) was born on November 9, 1923 to Roy F. and Hazel Walker in Sidney, Nebraska. He graduated from high school in Sheridan, Wyoming and attended Colorado State College of Agriculture in Fort Collins, Colorado. There he met Vera Mae Foster (now Vera F. Pearce), whom he married on August 13, 1944.
Walker enlisted in the United States Army on December 3, 1942 and joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado. He was assigned to the 85th Infantry Regiment, Company C and attained the rank of private first class. Walker deployed to Italy in December 1944, where he participated in the Apennine Mountain campaign and in the assaults on Riva Ridge and Mount Belvedere. He was hit in the heart by shrapnel and killed in action on February 20, 1945. Walker is interred at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
1 box (.5 linear feet)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Vera Pearce; 2021.
Items are in good condition.
- Camp Hale (Colo.) -- Archival resources. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Military maneuvers -- Cold weather conditions. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Personal papers Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- Army -- Mountain Division, 10th -- Archival resources.
- United States. ǂb Army. -- Mountain Infantry Regiment, 85th -- Archival resources.
- Walker, Franklin Wirth, 1923-1945 -- Archives
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Franklin Wirth Walker Papers
- Keli Schmid
- January 4, 2022
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