US Navy, 1967 – 1971
Roger Walsh was born May 6, 1948, in Brookfield, Missouri. In 1967, he enlisted in the United States Navy, following in the footsteps of his brother Robert Walsh. Roger served from 1967 to 1971. In June 1967, Roger completed boot camp in San Diego, California. After boot camp he was sent to Memphis, Tennessee to attend Aviation Hyraulics school. He spent the next 2 1/2 years working on Naval aircraft in China Lake, California. From China Lake, he was sent to VF124 in Miramar, California for training. After training, Roger was sent to fighter squadron VF51 attached to the Bonhomme Richard for a six month cruise to Vietnam. Upon completion of his tour, he was returned to San Diego, California and was discharged at Miramar Naval Air Station in March of 1967. During his service, he visited the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam and the Mojave Desert. Roger had a career with UPS for 30 years. In 1974, he married Cynthia Templeman and together they have two children and five grandchildren. They currently reside in Brookfield, Missouri.