Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices,
and the Cello Sings Harmony.
Walter D. Ehlers, age 92, Buena Park, California, Medal of Honor Recipient, World War II
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, 1940-1945, Entered service at Manhattan Kansas
When Walter D. Ehlers was 23 years old, he charged through enemy fire to destroy two German machine gun nests, kill seven enemy soldiers, put a halt to a mortar barrage and carry a wounded buddy to safety – all after he had been shot in the side by a sniper.
The date: June 9, 1944.
The place: Normandy, France.
The mission: The D-Day invasions and the effort to liberate Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.
Amid countless acts of bravery from young men like Ehlers, the Buena Park, Calif. resident’s heroism stood out, and he received the Medal of Honor. He died of kidney failure Thursday at the age of 92.
His passing leaves only seven surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipients.“Walt was the kindest, gentlest person, and you would never have known he could have done the things that he did,” his wife, Dorothy, told FoxNews.com on Monday. “He always said, ‘if it’s you or them, you
make sure it’s them.’”
Ehlers was survived by his daughters Cathy Metcalf and Tracy Kilpatrick; his son, Lt. Col. (ret.) Walter D. Ehlers Jr.; sisters Leona Porter, Marjorie Gustin and Gloria Salberg; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
But to the end, nearly 70 years later, there was another kinship that Ehlers held dear, Dorothy says.
“One of the last things he said before he passed away was, ‘tell my Medal of Honor brothers goodbye,’” she said.
Funeral services with full military honors will be March 8 at Riverside National Cemetery.
Lt. Col. Allen West shared his thoughts on the passing of another Greatest Generation hero https://allenbwest.com/2014/02/farewell-walter-ehlers-7-world-war-ii-medal-honor-recipients-remain/#pD9qffYpTay80QoJ.99
There are more details about his service here: https://www.theamericansurvivalguide.com/smforum/index.php?topic=9226.0