From a contemporary press report
WALTERS, LT. COL. ROBERT A., USAF (Ret.)
Colonel Walters, a World War II veteran, died October 30, 2002 at Reston Hospital. He was 93.
He was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, October 20, 1909. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University in Philadelphia.
Colonel Walters received his commission after completion of Officer Candidate School on December 9, 1942.
During World War II he served two years in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operation with the 418th Night Fighter Squadron.
Following the war, Colonel Walters held assignments at Mitchell Field, New York, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Bushy Park, England, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, Thule Air Base, Greenland and Duluth, Minnesota. After 21 years of military service, he retired from the US Air Force on October 31, 1963.
Among his awards are the World War II Victory Medal, Air Commendation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Reserve Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with four OLCs and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Kathryn G. Walters in 1987 and Ethel A. Walters in 2000. He is survived by a son, Colonel Robert A. Walters, Jr. USAF (Ret.), Lansdowne, Virginia; three stepdaughters, Sally A. Akan, Spokane, Washington, Alice M. Akan, Bronx, New York and Betty L. Lundin, Erskine, Minnesota and three grandchildren, Robert C. Walters, Sydney, Australia; Steven A. Walters, Charlottesville, Virginia, Douglas E. Walters, Ocean City, Maryland.
Services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2002 at Fort Myer, Old Post Chapel at 12:45 p.m. Burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A reception will follow at Blue Ridge, Lansdowne, Virginia.
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