By most any measure, Richard Walker had a remarkable World War II career. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy on 19 June 1942 in the accelerated class of 1943, he was on board the USS Honolulu (CL-48) less than two months later when she participated in the bombardment of Japanese-held Kiska Island in the Aleutians. After that taste of action, the cruiser, with Walker still on board, participated in three Solomon Islands battles: Tassafaronga, Kula Gulf, and Kolombangara.
Scratch Three Subs
Over the course of several nights in February 1945, what had been a slow and disappointing war patrol for the Batfish turned into a record-setting mission.
By Lieutenant Richard H. Walker