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Walter Randall Green


Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Walter Randall Green had enlisted as part of the TN National Guard 1st Air Squadron also known as the “Old Hickory Squadron” which was one of the 3 NG Air Service units in the US prior to WWII. It had been a childhood dream of his to fly a plane so when the opportunity arose, he did not hesitate to make a dream become reality. After his unit was federalized, he went for more training and then did both reconnaissance and combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Then was off to England to serve as a B-17 pilot as part of the 3rd Bombardment Division of the 8th Army Air Force, 452nd Bomb Group, 728th Bomb Squad. He flew 35 bombing missions over Europe. While in England, he made 1st Lieutenant and was awarded an Air Medal with 5 OLC. Before retiring, he would make Captain and become a Sr Army Aviator. He did not speak much of his time during the war but he once told his brother that the mission that stood out to him was when his squad was involved in the bombing attack during the Battle of the Bulge. He said, “That mission I knew I was getting to do something that was helping our boys out on the ground and it felt good.”
He was and still is my family's hero. To all of his nieces and nephews, he was our funny, mischievous Uncle Punk.


Units served with

  • 3rd Air Division

    3rd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Jackson, Tennessee 7 January 1921

Born at New Site, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA

Enlisted 1 February 1938

Enlisted to the 1st Squadron Air Service as part of TN National Guard 30th “Old Hickory” Division
This was the first Air Service in the South and 1 of only 3 in the Nation after World War I.

Missions in Pacific Campaign 1942 – 1943

Reported to Fort Jackson, South Carolina to complete training after federalized. As part of the 105th Observation Squad, 65th Observation Group who flew missions over the Pacific Theatre doing both reconnaissance and combat missions over Japanese targets. With this squad, he flew different aircraft including the twin engine Martin B-10 Bomber, the Vega Ventura B-34, and the North American B-25G Mitchell Bomber.

Based Deopham Green 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 452 Bomb Group to be a pilot on a B-17


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2021 03:50:07 HerstorynHistory Changes to biography and events

“The Old Hickory Squadron” 118th Wing Air National Guard, United States Air Force Website- (accessed 20 Jan 2021)

National Guard Registrars(Army), National Guard Bureau pub 1 Jan 1938, pub 1 Jan 1953, pub 1 Jan 1957
Family Historian Records

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 06:29:35 HerstorynHistory Changes to service number, biography, awards and unit associations

Air Medal Decoration Card for Walter R Green; NARA Catalog Record Group 64 Series: Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 File Unit: Air Force Award Cards [Air Medal]: Gray, William C - Greenwood, James A, Card number 615; (accessed 4 Feb 2021)
National Guard Registers (Army) National Guard Bureau; The Secretary of the Army; pub 1 Jan 1953; Oregon State Library, Salem, Oregon; digital copy (accessed 17 Jan 2021)
Walter Randall Green Photo Collection

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:00 AAM AAM ingest

1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia