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
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.