It was a great experience to meet Walter at The White House Commission On Rememberance Ceremony on November 15,2004 at Arlington National Cemetary. He was in my Uncle Henry's Company F. Henry's body was never recovered and his Mother, Belle,
prayed for his return until she passed in 1969. Walter was very comforting and provided insight into the life of Company F. I had the honor to lead him to the World War II Memorial after the ceremony.
Dear Mr. Brown: Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us at Classical High School. I am a teacher and a fellow veteran of the Viet Nam era and salute you for your dedicated service. Now that "Taps" is blown for the final time, I wish you God's speed and I'll see you around Heaven some time. Thanks again for all that you did! Peter K. Spiers.
Uncle Ted was a real hero during the Leopoldville sinking, helping save the lives of soldiers who jumped into the water, timing their leap as their ships bobbed up and down. He admired his army captain who died in the disaster and persistantly worked until a major medal was awarded to the officer. That captain's granddaughter has visited Ted several times in appreciation for his successful efforts. Ted was interviewed by TV stations from Germany, Japan, and by a young high school neighbor of his and was recognized by local newspapers and politicians in many ways. He was my mother Edith Collins' favorite brother and , although I am living in Oregon, I have had a wonderful relationship with him, in person and by phone, agreeing most of the time in our political views and in the assessment of our favorite topic, the Red Sox. His memory and thought processes were totally normal up to the end. My wife and I will miss him greatly. WWII kept him from any further formal education but his faithful and strong reunions with his fellow veterans took the place of any post-college friendship.
Calvin J. Collins, MD (retired surgeon)
Uncle Ted was one of the most gallant man I knew. His contribution in helping families find peace, knowing their family member, on the Leopoldville. was a hero.
I live in Reading, MA and last May, Uncle Ted took my brother, who was visiting from Oregon, his wife and myself, to lunch at a restaurant. At 96 years old, his mind was more alert with remembering his past military experiences, than a lot of younger men. He was a true, dedicated and proud American and I will miss him.
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.