Walter Whitcomb June 10, 1931 - March 29, 2013 On March 29, 2013 Walter Whitcomb made his last fight with COPD Emphysema. He went home to the Great Spirit. Walter was born in Salamanca, New York on an Indian reservation to a mother who was part Indian and a father filled with anger. In 1941 Walter with his family moved to Buffalo, New York where he went to school and worked until he was 18. Then he went into the Army. Walter was proud of his service. Walter was captured July 27, 1950 while serving in Korea. He survived the 90 day death march which resulted in the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre. He was the father of eight children. Wife Kathleen and Walter Jr. preceded him in death. The remaining survivors are Dennis, Michael, Cynthia, David, Kimberly, Kevin and Kelly Grant; along with his sister Dorthea. He is also survived by his long time friend and caregiver Gina Cortez. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. There will be a reception immediately following in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room. Walter was a member of American Prisoners of War, VFW and Disabled American Veterans. We ask that donations be made to any of the above.

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  1. To the Family of Walt….I met Walt in Branson, MO where he came to reunite with other survivors of the Sunchon Tunnel Death March. This man was a hero to me and I saw him the last time he was here in Branson. I will miss knowing that he is not here on earth, but I know he has a spot in heaven with all those gone before him. My deepest sympathy to those that loved and CARED for him. May his Spirit fly among us as gentle as the wind!!

  2. I first met Walt a few yrs. ago, when he was introduced to me by 2 dear ladies who writing a book about POWs in Korea. My brother was captured in N. Korea at the same time as Walt. He and Gina and the ladies all came to my home for dinner and shared our stories. I asked Walt if I could give him a hug as I thought of him as a brother. After that I met several of the “brothers” in Branson. Our parents never knew what happen to my brother, but I have found a lot of information since. I will miss you Walt but I know you are in a good place. Say HELLO

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