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General Walker Resigns from Army

Nov. 2, 1961 - Maj. Gen. Edwin A. Walker made known today his decision to resign from the Army. The general was formally admonished and removed from command of the 24th Infantry Division in Europe last April on charges that he had engaged in partisan political activity. An inspector general’s report said he attempted to influence the voting of his troops in the elections of 1960 through anti-Communist troop-indoctrination courses. “I must be free from the power of little men who, in the name of the country, punish loyal service to it,” he declared. General Walker, a bachelor, will be 52 years old on Nov. 10. His 34 years of Army service include outstanding combat duty in World War II and the Korean War.


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