In honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, the Young Marines of Cumberland County interviewed World War II veteran Robert Rae Walker.
He was born in Crossville, Aug. 15, 1922, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 27th Air Transport squadron where he worked in aircraft maintenance and as a flight engineer, delivering aircraft to the troops and supplies to soldiers while bringing back the wounded. He held the rank of sergeant.
On June 6, 1944, Walker was aboard a ship leaving Boston Harbor. The 100-ship convoy would take 11 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean to land in Liverpool, England.
Walker told of some scary flights he experienced while delivering aircraft and supplies.
At the end of WWII, he was in France, picking up the wounded and delivering ammunition.
When he returned home, he worked as an electrical technician in Arabia for
an oil expedition com-
He was later the owner and operator of Stokes Electric in Crossville, which he has retired from.
The Young Marines presented him with a USMC hat and a card of thanks.