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Title: Charles H. Walker Autobiography

Dates: 1990s

Collection Number: Mss 10807

Quantity: .25 feet

  Copy of the memoir “Combat Officer” written by Walker about his life during World War II and scanned photograph copy of Walker. FOR REFERENCE USE ONLY.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the autobiography from Charles Walker in December 2000.

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Biographical Sketch

From Walker’s Obituary in the
Pembina New Era, November 5, 2009

Charles Harris Walker, age 89, of Pembina passed away Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the VA Hospital, Fargo, ND. A memorial service [was] held Saturday November 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pembina Pioneer United Methodist Church, Pembina…                          

Charles was born May 5, 1920, in Pembina to Gordon and Gladys (Harris) Walker.

In 1941, while attending NDSU he met and married Lorraine Tweeden. He served in the U.S. Army with the 164th Infantry in the Pacific Campaign, earning the rank of Major. Chuck was the recipient of two silver stars, one with a two oak leaf cluster, a bronze star, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with three bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star. After the war, he farmed in the Pembina area. He later spent ten years as a bush pilot in Canada. He married Hetty McKelvie (Koch) and resided in Pembina since 1970. Charles served twelve years as Pembina County Commissioner. His love of life included flying, reading, gardening, and writing and publishing three historically accurate books about the military and pioneering in the Red River Valley.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Hetty; children, Karen Walker, Fargo, Laurie (Tom) Schulz, Crystal, ND, Dawn (Dean Leas) Walker, Boulder City, NV, Shelly (Don) Bjerk, Nucla, CO, John (Cathi Sharp) Walker, Grand Junction, CO; sisters-in-law, Paulien (Don) Bainbridge , Atikokan Ontario, Mabel Koch, Winnipeg Manitoba; grandchildren: Ryan (Kayla) Schulz, Lakeville, MN, Katie Schulz, Plymouth, MN, Justin Schulz and Flancee, Lindsay Gilleshammer, Crystal, ND, Krissy Schulz, Crystal, ND, Jesse Bjerk and Stacy Bjerk, Nucla, CO, Rett Sharp, Pembroke, GA, Rori Higman, Rowan Higman, and Rylor Walker, all of Grand Junction, CO; great grandson, Nathan Gilleshammer, Crystal, ND, niece Donna Sue Wilkins of Kansas City MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Wilkins, niece Cara Jo, son Gary, and daughter Paula.
Military Rites: Kern-Thompson Post #77, Pembina American Legion.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 Scanned Photograph copy of Charles Walker
2 Copy of Manuscript “Combat Officer”

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