Defense Mapping School
6 Apr 2017
Greetings T3 Folks -
I hate doing two emails in a month because usually it means bad news and this is no exception. I received an email from Pat Downs a couple weeks ago about the death of Don Walters. Computer problems kept me from getting the word out in a timely fashion. Don came to us at DMS in the late 70s was a printer. I originally met Don around 1973 or so at Fort Bragg when we were in PSYOPS. Don was an SP5 at the time and was being cross trained from a combat arms MOS. Don picked up his new career field so good that I recommended him for SSG. I guess my recommendation was strong because not only did he make SSG he kept going right passed me and made SFC. I always liked him. He was a good man and I am sure his family misses him. His obit is as follows:
“Donald Ray Walters Sr. passed away in Newburgh, IN on March 13,2017 with family at his side. He retired from the US Army with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Donald served two tours in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Daisy Walters, brothers Mac Walters and Mike Walters, and wife Vicky Walters. Donald is survived by daughters Belinda Hall of Arcadia, FL and Heather Walters of Spokane, WA, sons Shawn Walters(Melissa) of Greenfield , OH and Donald Walters Jr.(Kelli) of Newburgh, IN, sister Peggy Rickard of Henderson, KY and brother Marvin Walters(Jean) of Ferdinand, IN ,10 grandchildren , 7 great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews extended family and friends.No services were held. Osborne Funeral Home entrusted with final care. - See more here.
My thanks to Pat for sending this to me. The good news that was attached to it was that Pat and former DMSr John Lagesse are planning on attending our DMS dinner this coming Monday, April 10th at around 1830 hours at the usual place - The China King across from Potomac Mills on the other side of Opitz Blvd. This will be their first trip to see us so I hope we will have a good showing. Like SGM Paul Swartz used to say “work hard, come hungry” or something like that. Paul can correct me. Hopefully it will be in person.
For you probability and odds experts I have something that has been bugging me for a while now. I had to make an investment and bought a new Timex $29.95 watch. I always go big. Anyway I take it off every night and lay it either on my night stand or a small table in our bathroom. The next morning I pick it up and put it on. There is a 50/50 chance I’ll have it on right but 90% of the time it is upside down. It would nice to reverse the odds. I’ll just have to stay used to flipping the watch. Hate to have my timing off.
Talked to Leon Combs again last month. Leon is doing pretty well considering he has to be tethered somewhat. He is definitely one tough Marine.
Ray Chapman has been working updating our website. He has been in contact with Harold Hester who always has great welcomed advice. Check the site out - www.belvoirdms.org. It will entertain you for a good several hours at the least.
And as we dwindle our working force we have two long time DMSrs retiring soon - SGM Jesus Vega and Mr Dana Reeves. I’ll be following up on them next month.
Hope to see a good amount of you Monday night at the China King if you can. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring yourself. Somewhere around 1830 hours although you can be early or late or right on time.
Jack (540) 846-5413