Joseph Jacob Walter

Joseph Jacob Walter was born on Sunday, 7 Apr 1918 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.  He was Baptized on 21 Apr 1918 at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.1  His godparents were:  Joseph Conrad Lang and Mary Theresa Walter (cousin)..1

In the 1920 census, Joseph was 1 year old, born in Pennsylvania.  The family was renting a house at 190 Park Ave, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  Living at home were his parents, 9 siblings and grandmother, Elizabeth Schappert, 75 years old.

In the 1930 census, Joseph was 12 years old.  He was living with her father and 7 siblings at 97 Elizabeth Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was attending school.

 World War II enlistment record 

He died on 3 Feb 1974 in Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Newspaper clipping from about 1942:  "Times-Leader Evening News"  Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

2 Local Soldiers Guarded Saboteurs Before Execution

   A photograph in yesterday's Times-Leader Evening News, showing the troops on guard as the bodies of executed saboteurs were removed from the District of Columbia jail revealed a Wilkes-Barre boy among them.  He is Private Joseph Walter of 97 Elizabeth Street.
   Private Walter entered the service in 1941 and has been on the White House military police detail since November.  Because of his assignment, he has encountered many of the celebrities who have visited the White House since the outbreak of the war.
   When the saboteurs were taken to Washington, he was withdrawn from duty at the White House and assigned to the prison.  While he does not appear in the news photograph, it was reported Private Richard "Dick" Schlude of Old River Road also was on duty at the scene of the execution.  He and Private Walter have been together ever since they entered the service.
   Private Walter is expected home on furlough shortly.  Since he entered the service he was married.  His wife makes her home on Johns Street, Kingston.

Obituary:   Times-Leader Evening News, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Joseph J. Walter, 55, of 103 Poplar St., Kingston, Police Chief of that borough for the past three years, died Sunday afternoon at 12:05 in Nesbitt Memorial Hospital where he was a patient for two and one-half weeks.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Apr. 7, 1918, he resided in Kingston for 30 years. He was a member of the Kingston Police Department for 21 years and was named chief in 1971. During World War II he served with the Army Military Police.

Walter was a member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. His wife, the former Elsie E. Earl, died Jan. 18, 1967.

Surviving are sons, Gerald L., St. Michael's, Maryland.; Charles J., Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Miss Joell G. Walter, at home; brothers and sisters, Frederick, Mrs. Regina Fisher and Mrs. James Brady, all of Wilkes-Barre; Mrs. Francis Everhart, Hatboro; Miss Alberta Walter and Mrs. Ruth Dwyer, both of Scranton; two grandchildren.

Funeral will be from the Hugh B. Hughes and Son Funeral Home, 1644 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, Wednesday at 9:30 with Mass of Resurrection at 10 in St. Nicholas Church. Interment in Cedar Crest Cemetery, Trucksville.

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