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Walter Henry Silver

A retired engineer for Exxon with 50 years of service, he passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at his residence. He was 85, a native of Philadelphia and resident of Baton Rouge.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and jumped on D-Day at Normandy Beach, Operation Market Garden in Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from the Selective Service System Reserve as a full colonel.

Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and after 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Religious service in Greenoaks Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Carol Winn Crawford. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 1/2 years, Janice Cox "Jan" Silver of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Karen Silver Holton of Baton Rouge; two granddaughters, Karie and Melanie Holton of Baton Rouge; a brother, Edward J. Silver and wife Edna of Radnor, Pa.; two nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Priscilla Simoska Silver.

He was a member of the 508th PIR Association, Military Order of the World Wars and the American Legion. He was also very active in the Council on Aging and was an avid tennis player. He was an alumnus of Drexel University, Virginia Tech and LSU.

(The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, 31 Oct 2002, page 4B - courtesy Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of "Bobby"

Grave marker for Walter H. Silver in Section 2 of the Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish), Louisiana.

"Walt" served as First Battalion Intelligence (S-2) Officer and Plans and Training (S-3) Officer in 1943.  In February 1944 he assumed command of the Headquarters Company, First Battalion.  In July 1944 he was given command of the Regimental Headquarters Company.

By the time that the war ended, Walt had been promoted to Major and left active service and went into Reserve duty.  He retired as a Colonel.

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