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We were all saddened at the passing of one of our oldest and most faithful members this past month. Walter Hurd, KC8CNT, passed leaving a void in not only the club, but the city of Deleaware. His obituary details a life of service: Mr. Hurd graduated from Linden McKinley High School, Columbus, Ohio in 1947 and Ohio State University with B.S. in Music Education in 1951 and an M.A. from Ohio State in 1954. He taught instrumental and vocal music in Jeffersonville, Ohio, was the First Band Director at Miami Trace, Washington C.H., Ohio and then became the first Assistant Principal at Delaware Hayes High School, Delaware, Ohio and retired from there after 24 years. During his life he played Trombone and other instruments for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin and other big band names of that era, along with the Delaware Community Band. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Eldorado (AGC-11), the USS LSMR 525 and the LST 516 remaining in the Naval Reserve for 40 years as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Surface Division 4-97; Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Officers School; Naval Reserve Public Affairs Co. 4-3 and Chief of Staff for Naval Reserve Group Command 4-32. He retired in 1989 as a Commander with 42 years active and inactive service. He received the following commendations: Enlisted Good Conduct medal; Naval Reserve medal; Armed Forces Reserve medal; Korean Combat medal (3 Stars); United Nations medal; National defense medal; Korean War Service medal; Croix du Bombattant Voluntaire; Medaille Desoperations De L’Organization, and Des nations Unies EnCoree. After retirement he was a member of Gideon’s International, had a Bible Study at the Delaware County Jail and they attended Delaware Bible Church and then High Street Baptist Church. He led Choirs, band ensembles and sang in Quartets. He was the Chairman of EPU-God and Country Class. A member of TBDBITL Alumni Club/ Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Ass’n/ McHale’s Navy Breakfast Club/ Reserve Officer’s Ass’n/ Naval League of the United States/Delaware Amateur Radio Ass’n/ Delaware Amateur Radio Emergency Service/ Delaware County Retired Teacher’s Ass’n and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music Honorary). He loved to spend time with family and to Golf and Fish. His love of the water remained all of his life whether on the boat or at the beach with all his extended family. He and Betty travelled around the world via Military Space A and visited many of the European locations that his Father had been to during WW1. Trier Germany was a favorite destination. We will miss Walter’s regular checkin to the Monday Evening Net! Daughter Susan posted this picture:

Holiday Party 2019

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