Joseph P Walker was born on 16 November 1920 in Huntsville, Alabama. He was in his second year of college when he volunteered to join the Army Air Corps in World War II. Joining on 13 December 1942, Lieutenant Walker trained to be a fighter pilot, single engine. After graduation from flight school, LT Walker was assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force and saw his first combat in northern Africa. Captain Walker saw action in almost every theater, to include Middle East, European Air Offensive, Normandy and northern France. During this period, Captain Joseph Walker was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the nations highest valor award for aerial combat. In August 1944, Captain Walker returned to the United States and taught fighter pilot techniques and how to stay alive in aerial combat. Captain Walker was separated from active duty on 25 September 1945 and returned to the Huntsville, Alabama area.