Decorated war hero and Navy veteran Jerry Walker came to Emerson Elementary School to
encourage students to be grateful to all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. I am proud to be American. I am proud to be able to come to you all today and talk to you about being an American. He shared some stories about his 28 a half years in military service. In addition to dozens of medals and
awards, Mr. Walker earned five college degrees. I started learning things and I went to school a lot. And by the time I retired from the Navy I had five college degrees. He shared his experiences and expertise. He displayed his gear he used while serving in the armed
forces. Jerry Walker was lucky despite serving for nearly three decades
he only has one small scar on his hand and no major injuries. While I was in the Navy I was assigned to the Marine Corps as a field medic. A medic is guy who jumps out of helicopters and dodges bullets and saves the Marines when they get hurt. And, uh, I’ve jumped out of helicopters and I’ve saved a lot of Marines’ lives. And back when I was in Vietnam there was a young man who had gotten shot in the chest. So I was running with him to get him on the helicopter and there was an explosion behind me and it startled me and I tripped and cut my hand on the stretcher and it’s just a little bitty scar on my hand. But that’s the only injury I got out of 28 years of military service. That’s pretty good, isn’t it? Mr. Walker performed his exceptional
service as a medic in Vietnam, scuba diver in the ocean and
mountain climber in the Alps, just to name a few his assignments. It was a memorable day when Jerry Walker, an American hero, came to Emerson Elementary School.