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Captain Walker

Am adding to a 2013 post I read about Capt. Walker.

Captain Hiram Walker and Hockaday Walker are one in the same. Served with him at Camp Pendleton in 1964 and 1965. Never saw him in civilian clothes. He would get his hair cut twice a week and would run 5 miles every day. To say he was "gung ho" would be an understement.

Promoted me to Cpl. and then just before my 3 year hitch was over recommended me for Officers school. When the orders came as excited as I was, he was even more excited. Made me run his 5 mile up and down the hills every day to prepare me for OCS. Came to the San Diego airport to wish me farewell as I was leaving for OCS at Quantico. Gave me a USMC wrist watch.

Clock now turns to 1968. Ran into him just before being rotated back to the USA. Told him I was the H&S Compny commander, 3-5, 1st. Mar Div. He said he was selected for Major and was in Force Recon. Last connection we ever had. 

He was definately "spit and polish", but how can one say that he or anyone else was too much a Marine. While not a Doctor, all I can say he might of shed the "globe and anchor" once in a while if he found a female mate.

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John Callahan - October 8, 2021

I served in the Regimental School (Camp Pendleton) from June of ’66 until July of ’67. Captain Walker and I ran the hills a few times and never had I seen a man in such good shape. He was instrumental in promoting me to Corporal and while I sometimes would have liked to strangle him I admired him very much. In 1970 I saw him at a church service in Seattle Wa. and we had a great talk for several hours. We exchanged Christmas card for several years afterwards.

Jeff Herring - September 24, 2021

I served with Captain Hiram Walker in 1966 as an attendee at The Regimental School at Pendleton and later as a school instructor before heading to Viet Nam. I admired Captain Walker because he was no nonsense and dedicated. He was incredibly smart and could give an impromptu talk on virtually any subject, particularly one involving the Marine Corps. And he was exceptionally fit. I recall making several long runs with him. He could run like a gazelle and had the stamina of a bull. Captain Walker demanded excellence from his subordinates, and he genuinely cared about the Marines in his command. If you profess to be a Marine – then be the best Marine you can be. I honor Captain Walker’s service to the Marine Corps and our country, particularly in Viet Nam, for which he was decorated. And, importantly, I honor his service following his retirement. Rather than sitting by the lake guzzling beer in his retirement years, Hiram Walker continues to serve our country and to minister to his fellow man.

Mel Brashear - July 22, 2021

I was selected to be apart of an honor guard at Pendleton during the Marine Corps birthday celebration in November 1966. Capt. Walker was in charge. We had heard all the rumors about him. Dress blues were provided for us, since at the time they were not part of the clothing issue. I believe I was selected because I was a corporal and 6’ 3".

John Glenn Major USMC Retired - April 14, 2021

Unfortunately, I was assigned to Captain Walkers’ Regimental Schools at Camp Pendleton in November of 1967. I was a member of the Ships Marine Detachment of the U.S.S. Topeka CLG-8 that was located at the Hunter’s Point Naval Ship yard undergoing repairs.

We were assigned to Headquarters Company of Marine Corps Base to perform guard duty at the Base Brig and to eventually be assigned to Captain Walkers’ 6 week Regimental Schools located at Main Side of the base. What we didn’t know at the time was that Captain Walker was a “Gung Ho” Marine who had a high and tight that looked as though he cut his hair himself every day. His insistence on wearing spit shined boots carried over to his staff who looked like “Captain Walker Clones”. The other younger Marines of the base thought he and his school were a joke and laughed at us when we stood in the chow line single file in the mornings. We were also required to look like Captain Walker’s dress and mannerisms. We were his subjects and were expected to have the same hair cuts and spit shined boots while undergoing his training which resembled boot camp all over again. I could not wait to get over this training because it was ridiculous and I was anxious to get to my new duty station on the Topeka.

I did not learn a damned thing in those six weeks plus we did not have a Marine Corps Birthday celebration to go too. NO Liberty which sucked beyond recognition. One day, as we were marching to the school, we observed a 1959 Green Cadillac conversable with camouflaged seat covers parked at the back entrance to the school. No question this belonged to our beloved Captain Walker.

What I most remember of those six horrible weeks was our three day war we had to participate in. All I focused on was trying to keep warm in the month of December of those freezing three days with no poncho or sleeping bags. They gave us paper sleeping blankets that were worthless.
I don’t relish telling these stories because it was not an experience that I would wish on my worst enemies.
If anyone has any stories to tell about the “Captain” that would shed light on maybe some good and noble qualities of this man I would like to know.
I heard he has a school for girls some where in Virginia called the “Hockaday” School for Girls?

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