Brigadier General George J. Walker will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 13, 2005. The mass at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer will be held at 10:45 a.m. All attendees must be present 30 minutes prior to the service. The mass will be followed by the procession with full military honors for Inurnment in the Columbarium.
Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery are asked to observe the following rules:
Flowers and flower arrangements are not permitted. (In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, Florida or a favorite charity)
Pictures and video cameras are permitted
There are NO taxis and or hotel shuttles permitted on the National Cemetery grounds. Only privately owned vehicles will be permitted to follow the procession.
Additional information can be found at the Arlington National Cemetery's web site.
A reception following the service will be held in The Koran Room at the Fort Myer Officers' Club from 12 – 3 pm. Please visit the Fort Myer Military Community web site that includes their location in relationship to the cemetery as well as the gate entry information. They are only 1 mile from the cemetery.
Obituary for Brigadier General (US Army Retired) George J. Walker
Brigadier General George J. Walker, United States Army, Retired, passed away April 11, 2005 at his home, in Niceville, Florida after a sudden heart attack. He was born on January 16, 1934 in Rome, Georgia, the son of George Thomas Walker and Martha Mayne Walker Smith who preceded him in death. General Walker had been a resident of Niceville, Florida since 1998.
General Walker is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Frances Pennacchio Walker of Niceville. He is survived by Daughter Michelle Walker Carnes and husband Reid of Martinez, Georgia, two sons Scott Thomas Walker and wife Susan of Hedgesville, West Virginia and George Allan Walker and wife Shelly of Plano, Texas. Additionally he is survived by Grandchildren Jason Carnes of Bluffton, South Carolina, Laurie Carnes Graham and husband James of Augusta, Georgia; Jeremy Carnes of Martinez, Georgia; Marlee, Colby, Wesley and Samantha Walker of Plano, Texas. General Walker is survived by one great grandson Hayden Graham of Martinez, Georgia. General Walker is also survived by two brothers, Douglas W. Smith and wife Ellen of Greensboro, North Carolina and Andrew Smith of Rome, Georgia.
General Walker was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and received a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University Montgomery, Alabama. General Walker’s more than 35 years of military service when he entered the U.S. Army Reserves in 1954 and served in the Reserves as an enlisted soldier until his graduation from Mercer University at which time he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and entered active duty in November 1956. General Walker served six years in the Quartermaster Corps of the Army and the remainder of his active service in Military Intelligence.
He served tours in France, Germany, Korea and Vietnam as well as stateside assignments Seneca Army Depot, Romulus, New York; Fort Holabird, Maryland; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Fort Hood, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Fort McPherson, Georgia.
He was a graduate of The Army Command and Staff College and The Air Force War College.
He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2 of the 3 rd Armored Division in Germany and as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2 of III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. He served as Chief of Staff and later as Deputy Commandant of the US Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and as Chief of Staff and later Deputy Commanding General of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command in Washington, D.C.
His final assignment immediately prior to retirement from the Army in 1989 was as Director of Intelligence/J2 of Forces Command in Atlanta, Georgia.
After retirement from the Army General and Mrs. Walker resided in Huntsville, Alabama where General Walker was employed by Science Applications International Corporation. Later he did consulting work in The United Arab Emirates. He was President of the Huntsville Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America and Chairman of The Military Retiree Advisory Council to the Commander, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. General Walker was a Volunteer with the Huntsville Chapter of The American Red Cross.
In 1990 General Walker was inducted into the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and served as the Honorary Colonel of The Army's Military Intelligence Corps from 1994 until 1998. General Walker was a lifetime member of The Military Officers Association of America; The Veterans of Foreign Wars; The National Association of Uniformed Services; The Association of The United States Army. He was also a member of The American Legion and The Knights of Columbus.
Among General Walker’s awards and decorations were the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 1OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Army Service Ribbon; 4 awards of The Army Overseas Service Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign with 4 campaign stars; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm; and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Cross.
General Walker’s more than 35 years of Army service marked him as a soldier who always cared more about the soldiers entrusted to his care than he cared about himself.
Since coming to Niceville, Jerry has been active in the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church serving as a Coordinator for the Holy Ministers of Communion, Visitation Ministry, Lector, Host and Facilitator for RENEW Scripture Study Group.
Mary is doing as well as expected. In good health and spirits, and is surrounded by her children, friends and neighbors. She will be in time be relocating to Augusta Georgia. Residing with Michelle and Reid.
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