Walter Blake Williamson Jr.
1LT in Signal Co, Special : Officer
Military occupational specialty: 501
Born 1919 in MI, Died 1995
Other residence(s): Cheboygan, MI; Detroit, MI; Bay City, MI; River Rouge, MI; Scottsdale, AZ
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
College education before the war: Bay City Junior College, Univ. of Michigan 4 years total
College education after the war: Univ. of Michigan
Walter Williamson was born on December 19, 1919 in Cheboygan, MI, the youngest of four children. His father was an Episcopal minister who had been born in England and who would go on to serve in five different Michigan parishes during his career.
So Walter grew up in Cheboygan, Detroit, and Bay City—where he graduated from Bay City Central High School (where he played football) and Bay City Junior College (where he studied engineering). After completing his Bay City degree in 1940, he furthered his education at the University of Michigan.
He registered for the draft July 1, 1941, at which point he had a summer job working at the Wenonah Hotel as a radio operator. This experience must have stood him in good stead when he enlisted in the Army, since he found himself in the Ghost Army's Signal Company Special and served in Europe during the war.
After his discharge from the Army with the rank of 1LT, he returned to his engineering studies at the University of Michigan. He met his future bride, Alice Martha Steininger, when she was his dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. They married on July 2, 1948, right after her graduation from Wayne State.
Walter would go on to have a career as an electrical engineer at General Electric. The family (including children Nancy, Walter, and Charles) lived in various upstate New York communities—Schenectady, Binghamton, and Seneca Falls, and Alice taught school in Endicott and Vestal.
In retirement, Walter and Alice moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Walter died there on December 11, 1995.
1940 yearbook photo (clipping attached)
1941 draft card
1942 city directory for Ann Arbor MI
1947 city directory for Ann Arbor MI
1948 marriage record
1949 city directory for Birmingham MI
1950-1993 US Public Records Index (living in Seneca Falls NY somewhere in that period)
1954 father's obituary in Detroit Times (MI)
1958 Binghamton NY city directory
1995 Social Security death index
1995 obituary in Arizona Republic (Phoenix AZ)
2020 wife's obituary