LeRoy S. Walton (1943/05/22)

LeRoy came full circle from McQuaide, to Colorado to a resting place in the Pajaro Valley.

LeRoy Scott Walton was born in San Francisco, California on January 26, 1920 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Walton of San Carlos, California. The Walton family also included sons Robin and Donald and daughter Susan. LeRoy graduated from Jefferson High School and San Mateo Junior College. Following junior college he enrolled in the School of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

On September 19, 1940 Walton joined the San Francisco Coast Artillery National Guard unit, was given the rank of sergeant and assigned to Camp McQuaide. Later he was accepted for flight training at Roswell, New Mexico and upon completion was awarded his wings and commissioned a second lieutenant. While in New Mexico, he married Carol Light of Watsonville and moved to that community.

While participating in a routine training mission near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 22, 1943, the B-17 which Second Lieutenant LeRoy Walton was co-piloting crashed shortly after takeoff killing all aboard.

His remains were returned to Watsonville and following a funeral at the All Saints Episcopal Church, were laid to rest in the Pajaro Valley Memorial Park.

(CBR; NARA2; SCSn May 24, 1943 1:3, WRP May 24, 1943 1:2, May 26, 1943 1:1, Headstone-Pajaro Valley Cemetery, Watsonville CA)

Creator: Nelson, Robert L.
Source: Remembering our own: the Santa Cruz County military roll of honor 1861-2010. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2010.
Date: Undated
Type: OBIT
Coverage: 1940s
Rights: Reproduced by permission of Robert L. Nelson and The Museum of Art and History.
Identifier: RO-WALTON

Citation

Nelson, Robert L. “LeRoy S. Walton (1943/05/22).” Remembering our own: the Santa Cruz County military roll of honor 1861-2010. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2010. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/4395. Accessed 5 Dec. 2019.