Of the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore, Onancock, VA,
beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather,
went to be with the Lord, March 16, 2011. He was 94 years
of age. COL Walton was the charismatic leader of a large
and loyal family and a testimony of character, honor, wisdom,
self-discipline, integrity, love and obedience to Jesus Christ to
all who knew him.
COL Walton was born in Chevy Chase, Washington, DC., on September 6, 1916.
He attended McKinley Tech High School. He attained the rank of Life Scout
and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 57.
In 1938, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in civil
engineering and was president of his graduating class, senior ranking ROTC
student, and earned varsity letters in the university's football, boxing, and lacrosse
In 1940, he married the former Shirley Shaw of Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C.
After graduation from the University of Maryland, he worked as a civil engineer
and, in 1940, entered active U. S. Army duty as an infantry officer. He and his
two brothers served as Army officers in Europe during World War II. COL
Walton commanded the 2nd Battalion, 377th Infantry, of the 95th Infantry
Division. He saw action in Belgium, Metz, France, and Germany. After WW II,
COL Walton had various command and staff assignments, including airborne
battalion and regimental commands at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; MAAG
assignments (Tachen Islands and Taipei, Taiwan) in support of General Chang Kai
Shek of Nationalist China during the mid-1950s; staff assignment in HQDA G-1;
MAAG assignment in South Korea in 1960-61; and, in mid-to-late 1960 he
commanded the 325th Airborne Battle Group and was Chief of Staff of the 82nd
Airborne Division-both duties at Ft Bragg, NC. COL Walton was the Post
Commander of Ft. Myer, Virginia, from 1965 to 1967. He retired from the military
December 31, 1967. COL Walton was a graduate of the US Army Command and
General Staff College, the US Naval War College and the Dale Carnegie Course
for Public Speaking. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Cross,
the French Croix de Guerre, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, and Bronze Star
with two Oak Leaf Clusters and "V" for valor, two Legions of Merit, the Army
Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Master Parachutist
He also was active in the Episcopal Church including junior warden positions in St.
Andrews in Arlington, VA, St. Johns in Ellicott City, MD, and Hungars Episcopal
Church in Bridgetown, VA. After almost 30 years of military service, COL Walton
worked for the University of Maryland, finishing his second career in 1981 as the
Physical Plant Director at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.
In 1981, COL Walton and his wife, Shirley, moved to Franktown on Virginia's
Eastern Shore. There, they enjoyed church and community activities, as well as
boating, golf, bridge, recreational travel, and visiting their grand children.
In 2008, they moved into the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore. Survivors include
his wife of 70 years, Shirley Shaw Walton; his sister, Ruth Reed of Parker, CO;
four children, Ann Walton of Northfield, VT, Barbara Kaiser of Vista, CA,
Rosemary Prange of Ellicott City, MD, and LTC USA (Ret'd)) Robert Walton of
Chester, VA; eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and
Family and friends may call at the Holland Funeral Home in Nassawadox, VA,
Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm. An Episcopal funeral service will be
held at the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore in Onancock, VA, Friday, March 25,
2011 at 3 pm.
A military funeral and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a
later date to be determined. Family and friends may sign the guest book at
Published in The Washington Post on March 23, 2011