Born April 16, 1931
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
Service Number 1125896
Killed in Action
Died December 7, 1950 in Korea
Private First Class Walker was a member of
the Support Company, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was
Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea on December 7, 1950.
His remains were not recovered.
Private First Class Walker was awarded the
Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United
Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential
Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1380-07
December 05, 2007
Marine Missing From Korean War is Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel
Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in
action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to
his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Private First Class Donald M. Walker,
U.S. Marine Corps, of Springfield, Kentucky. He will be buried December
7, 2007, in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
Walker was assigned to the Service Company,
1st Service Battalion, of the 1st Marine Division deployed near the Chosin
Reservoir in North Korea. On November 27, 1950, three Communist Chinese
divisions launched an attack on the Marine positions. Over the next several
days, U.S. forces staged a fighting withdrawal to the south, first to Hagaru-ri,
then Koto-ri, and eventually to defensive positions at Hungnam. Walker
died on December 7, 1950, as a result of enemy action near Koto-ri. He
was buried by fellow Marines in a temporary United Nations military cemetery
in Hungnam, which fell to the North Koreans in December 1950. His identity
was later verified from a fingerprint taken at the time of the burial.
During Operation Glory in 1954, the North
Korean government repatriated the remains of 2,944 U.S. soldiers and Marines.
Included in this repatriation were remains associated with Walker’s burial.
The staff at the U.S. Army Mortuary in Kokura, Japan, however, cited suspected
discrepancies between the biological profile from the remains and Walker’s
physical characteristics. The remains were among 416 from Operation Glory
subsequently buried as “unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of
the Pacific (The Punchbowl) in Hawaii.
In April 2007, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting
Command exhumed remains from The Punchbowl believed to be those of Walker.
Although the remains did not yield usable DNA data, a reevaluation of the
skeletal and dental remains led to Walker’s identification.
For additional information on the Defense
Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web
site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
5 December 2007