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BROOKFIELD – On January 20, 1961, inauguration speech by President John F. Kennedy which contained the quote “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” was one of the things that inspired 17-year-old Elwood Walker to join the US Marines.
Kennedy and the novel “War cry” by Leon Uris sparked Walker’s imagination about serving in the United States Marine Corps.
“‘War cry'” was one of my favorite books,“, recalled Walker.”It was based on the time Uris spent in the Marines while serving. I admired the “esprit de corps” among the Marines the book talks about. I just admired them.
Although his father, also named Elwood, served in World War II, the elder Walker rarely spoke of his time in the military. He was in the horse cavalry.
Walker convinced his mother, Lila Walker, to accompany him to the recruiting post on September 10, 1962, to give him permission to register to become a Marine.
He received his training as a combat infantryman at Parris Island, South Carolina.
“I was in a training camp during the Cuban missile crisis”, he said. “That summer we went to Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) to guard the fence. “
Read more about this veteran in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.