Sam S. Walker, American army general, Died at 90

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Dead, Sam Sims Walker, born July 31, 1925 and died August 8, 2015, he was an American General who served as the Commanding General of Allied Land Forces, South East Europe, COMLANDSOUTHEAST from 1977 to 1978 in the United States Army.

Walker was born at West Point, New York, and was the son of General Walton Walker, himself a four-star general; they are one of only two pairs of fathers and sons to achieve the rank of four-star general in U.S. Army history.

He enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute in 1941, but transferred to the United States Military Academy the next year.

Upon graduation from West Point in 1946, he was commissioned into the infantry, and his initial assignment was with the 11th Airborne Division on occupation duty in Japan.

He served in the Korean War, during which, as a company commander in the 24th Infantry Division, he earned a Silver Star.

Also during his time in Korea, his father, then commanding the Eighth Army, was killed in a vehicle accident, and Walker escorted his body back to the U.S. Returning to the United States at the end of his combat tour in 1951, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Infantry School as an instructor.