May your deeds and service never be forgotten or taken for granted.
With the sincerest of appreciation to the following, who made this memorial a reality;
Dean W. Reiter Det. 887, Marine Corps League
Rotary Clubs of Kingman
K&L DC Concrete
True Value Hardware Arizona State Prison - Kingman
Dedicated this 11th day of November 2006 by
His Honor Les Byram, Mayor"
Capt William Wendell Walton, US Army
1921 - 1998
A native of Kingman, Bill Walton was working with the Civilian Conservation Corp when, at age 17, he enlisted in the Army in 1938. He started out in a cavalry unit, learning that it wasn't all about horses and heroes. In his later years he would tell his children stories of hijinks like putting a burr under an officers saddle.
Army life agreed with him, and Walton stayed in for the full tour, retiring after 22 years of service. During his time in uniform he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and was awarded the Purple heart, two Bronze Starts with oak leaf clusters, Army Occupation medal, Korean Service medal UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service medal and four Overseas Service bars.
His bride of 55 years was Dorothy F Riggs. The couple gladly raised three "Army brats" as they moved from one Army post to another. His son, Bob, makes this dedication in memory of his father, who rode west in 1998.