James J. Walton
West Point, 1989
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Bo Balcavage on June 26, 2008:
I think it speaks well of Jim that his peers have already flooded this page with their respect for Jim and his well-acknowledged zest for life. I echo Frank Sturek's comments about Jim's assignment as a PMT; my experience tells me that they (PMTs) are doing the heavy lifting in our war on terror. Knowing Jim, it wouldn't surprise me if he volunteered to serve as a PMT, fully knowing the job meant lots of exposure to threat, little chance for timely support, dealing with constant uncertainty, and putting a lot of trust in people who don't speak your language. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Jim probably could have been a lot of other places, doing a lot of other less dangerous things for the Army, he chose to be out front, in harm's way, doing a job that brings few accolades and many headaches.
Jim and I were in the same company, G4. I survived West Point, Jim relished it; I realize I missed an opportunity. We weren't close, but I will tell you he has my respect and admiration.
God Bless your family, Jim. Thanks for your commitment, sacrifice, and love of Country. Be Thou at Peace.
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