Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 8, 1966 · Page 33
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TUESDAY, MARCH I, T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE tt Gen. Walt Covers Lot Of Ground DA NANG, Viet Nwn - ff _ You see him everywhere. One day he's it a hospital con- jollnj wounded Marines; the next he's bopping out of a helicopter in a battle zone. He is Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt, 63, who won his third star Friday -- Wo second promotion to 1« months. He is the commander of 40,000 Marines gad 5,000 Navy support personnel to South Viet Nam. Once a South Vietnamese unit under attack by North Vietnamese army regulars called for help from the U.S. Marines. Despite poor visibility, Walt boarded a helicopter, flew 80 miles from his base at Da Nang and personally led his Marines into the beleaguered outpost 4 Thach Tnfc After the helicopter flight to Thach Tru, an officer who had accompanied Walt remarked: "The man is absolutely fear- Jess/' JUST AFTER Walt left the outpost, the Viet Cong dropped several mortar rounds near the area where be had been standing. "When he's got somewhere to go, it takes a hell of a lot to stoo him," says an officer who knows foe general well. "He'll sacrifice a little safety factor to get foe job done. This demonstrates a lot about him. He doesn't give up easily." "He's my kind of Marine, an3 I'd follow him to hell and back," a veteran sergeant said "He's a big enough man to take time out to make the little man feel good," says a member of Walt's staff. "That's real good for morale." Whenever a man is wounded, Walt, takes it personally. The hospital at Da Nang calls Walt's staff every day, and the general goes there to award Purple Hearts. IN OCTOBER, an infantry company was attacked by the Viet Cong and took several casualties. The attack occurret about 1:30 a.m. Before dawn Walt had been to the hospital with Purple Hearts. Walt makes his men' feel close to him and gains their confi dence. "He's not distant," says an aide." "He doesn't sit behind i desk and say, 'I'm a general. I've admired him for that." But Walt also can be stern "When he's upset, he gets S retty damn stern," says one of cer. "I think he's a very demanding person. He mows what he wants and wants it to be done. He'll accept nothing less. You don't mind working hard for him because he appreciates it. "He is a big man because he seeks other people's opih ions on different things. He lis tens to everyone's opinion be fore he makes a decision." Walt, a burly 200-pounder, is soft-spoken. He is commonly re ferred to as "Silent Lew." WALT WAS PROMOTED to major general last May, jus before he came to Viet Nam. Born in Wabaunsee County Kan., Walt was graduated from Colorado State University in 1936. He was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant tha July. He received the Silver Star the Purple Heart and a spo promotion · to lieutenant colone for distinguished leadership and gallantry in action during the Guadalcanal campaign of World Walt saw action in the Korean War as a colonel .in 1952-53. He 'served As commander of the 5ti Marine Regiment and earne( the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He was promoted to brig adier general in 1961. Walt's wife, Nancy, lives in Alexandria, Va. They have three children, Lewis Jr.; 20 Laurence, 19, and Mary Kath , erine, 15. No Action On Liquor Transfer The proposed liquor license transfer from Lambert Kauten burger to Lawrence Lewis wil not be taken up for another two weeks by the Board o Supervisors at the request o Kautenburger's attorney, W. T Holmes. The application for a person to-person transfer came up a month ago and was proteste vigorously by the owner o neighboring Lil Abner's. His at torney, J. Emery Baker, claim ed yesterday that the application was improperly posted. The supervisors seemed in clined yesterday to send th case on to State Liquor Supt John Duncan without any rec ttmmendation, letting Duncan settle the matter. 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