|Captain Walter Scott earned the Distinguished Service Cross while serving with the 88th Infantry Division in Italy.|
Walter William Scott never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
Walter William Scott was born on 18 Aug 1920 in Jackson, MS to Frank Tomkeyes Scott, attorney and Effie Galloway, homemaker. both from MS. Walter had two brothers, Charles who served in the Army Air Corp and spent time as a POW, and Bert who served with the Navy in the Southwest Pacific.
In 1940 Walter was attending college at the University of Mississippi, and would graduate in 1943. His father, Frank, was the sheriff of Hinds County, MS.
Walter enlisted 11 November 1943 at the age of 23 at Camp Shelby, MS and was assigned to Co. A, 1st Battalion, 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division known as the Blue Devil Division. While still a 1st lieutenant, Walter received the Distinguished Service Cross for extra ordinary heroism in action on Mt. Battaglia in Italy. Walter William Scott was also awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star.
Walter was promoted to captain and was probably the company commander of Company A. He was killed in action on 29 April 1945. On that day his unit was at S. Pietro, in view of the Alps. They were attacked by a force of Germans that had a tank and captured American vehicles. Captain Scott was killed in this engagement.
The 88th Division known as the Blue Devils won the following awards: Medals of Honor - 2, Distinguished Service Cross - 40, Distinguished Service Medal - 2, Silver Star - 522, Legion of Merit - 66, Soldiers Medal -19, Bronze Star - 3,784
Capt. Walter Scott earns DSC for action on Mt. Battaglia
Captain Walter W. Scott, of 913 North Street, Jackson, Mississippi was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military award for extra ordinary heroism in action on Mt. Battaglia, Italy as a member of the 350th Infantry Regiment. The presentation ceremonies were held at te 37t6h General Hospital, one of the many units of the Peninsular Base Headquarters, Italy, the important supply and services organization for the Fifth Army and for the Air Force ground crews and the Naval elements in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
The citation accompanying Capt., then first lieutenant, Scott's medal vividly describes the action in which he earned his decoration. After Lt. Scott's company had relieved two companies on Mt. Battaglia, the enemy launched a vicious counterattack to regain this strategic height. In the face of intense artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, Lt. Scott circulated among his men, shouting words of encouragement, issuing orders and pointing out targets. He killed four of the enemy with his pistol. Observing that the advancing enemy threatened to overrun his positions, Lt. Scott picked up a rifle from a dead soldier, called for his men to follow him and advanced toward the enemy. In the fierce battle that ensued Lt. Scott killed two more enemy soldiers, while his men killed and wounded many others. The enemy troops were so severely mauled that they turned and fled to their own lines.
The determined courage, calmness under fire and intrepid leadership displayed by 1st Lt. Scott were an inspiration to all who witnessed his heroic performance.
Captain Scott is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Scott of Jackson, Mississippi. He was graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1943. He has been in the Army for 20 months and overseas for 16 months, serving in North Africa and Italy.
- courtesy The Clarion Ledger News
Captain Walter Scott "Killed In Action" Parents Here Notified
Captain Walter Scott, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Scott, 918 North Street, was killed in action in the Mediterranean theatre, his parents were notified yesterday in a telegram from the War Department.
Fighting through the North African and Italian campaigns, young Scott had received two battlefield promotions and his family had hoped that he would be coming home now with the end of the war in Europe.
Captain Scott had two brothers in the war, Charles Scott, a prisoner of war believed liberated in Germany, and Bert Scott in the Southwest Pacific.
Their father was the former sheriff of Hinds County, Mississippi and now a chancery clerk.
- courtesy The Clarion Ledger News
Capt. Walter William Scott is interred at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi along with his father, Frank Scott, his mother Effie Galloway Scott, brothers Frank Scott, Jr., Charles Scott, and Bert Scott.
Thank you, Walter William Scott for your sacrifice. Let’s ‘Earn It” for Walter.
This profile was written by Linda Simpson. I have been an avid genealogist, researching my ancestry in Canada, France, Belgium, and Ireland for over 40 years. I am also a historian for The Seminole Nation, Indian Territory, and The Past Whispers. When I saw an article on Don’s project I knew I wanted to be a part of Stories Behind the Stars. What an amazing way to honor our fallen, by ‘Earning It’ for them.
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The 88th Infantry Division in Italy - Army History.org - https://armyhistory.org/the-88th-infantry-division-in-italy/
We Were There - http://www.lonesentry.com/unithistory/88thinfantry/index.html
350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division Blue Devils - http://www.mtmestas.com/350th-infantryregiment.htm
City of Grove, OK - Home of the United States Army 88th Infantry Division Blue Devils https://www.cityofgroveok.gov/building/page/united-states-army-88th-infantry-division-blue-devils
The Clarion Ledger News - https://www.clarionledger.com/