Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Third Batallion. Platoons 308, 309, and 310.
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Major General John T. Walker entered the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant on May 23, 1917, following his graduation from the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College, College Station, Texas. One month later he sailed for France, where, as a member of the Fifth Marine Regiment he participated in the defense of the Monrgirmont Sector in March, 1918. He returned to the United States in April, 1918, to become in- structor in the Bayonet School at Quantico, Virginia. In 1920 General Walker joined the Second Brigade Marines in the Dominican Republic, remaining there until 1922, when he was named aide to the commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard. After completing the company officers' course at Quantico in 1925, General Walker served aboard the U.SS. West Vir- ginia for three years. He served five years as an instructor at the Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, and then was sent to for- eign duty again, this time to Haiti. In September, 1934, he was ordered to duty with the Division of Reserve in Wash- ington, D. C., where he remained until July, 1937, when Gen- eral Walker completed the senior officers' course at Quantico in May, 1938, remaining there as an instructor until 1940. In June of 1940 General Walker began his first assignment at the Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He was ordered to the Depot as Chief of Planning Section. General Walker, after a short tour of duty as a Naval ob- server to Cairo, Egypt, joined the Second Marine Division in 1942, first as operations officer and later as commanding officer of the twenty-second Marines. He led the regiment in the capture of Eniwetok in February, 1944. In March 1944, he was named Chief of Staff to the First Provisional Marine Brigade, participating with that organiza- tion in the recapture of Guam during the summer of that year. After a duty assignment at Headquarters, Washington, D. C., General Walker was detached to the Second Division, with which unit he participated in the occupation of Japan. In Fcbruary, 1946, he was named Division Commander. Later in the spring of 1946 General Walker was appointed Deputy Commander of Camp Pendleton, California, where in September he assumed duties as Commanding General of the Third Marine Brigade, a command he held until July, 1947, when he was assigned as Assistant Division Commander of the First Marine Division. General Walker was ordered to duty as Commanding Gen- eral, Troop Training Unit, Amphibious Training Command, Pacific Fleet at Coronado, California in February, 1948. He assumed his present duties as Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot on September 8, 1952. General Walker, who was born September 15, 1893, in Azle, Texas, was honored with a Doctor of Laws Degree from Texas A. & M. College in 1948 'in recognition of distin- guished service to his country, his profession and his fellow- men. General Walker holds the Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Victory. Medal with Defensive Sector Clasp, Expeditionary Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Cam- paign Medal with two Bronze Stars, World War 11 Victory Medal, Haitian Distinguished Service Medal with Diploma and the French Fourragere. T
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