Walter K. Singleton, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in March 1967, was born 7 December 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Bartlett High School there in June 1963.
On 1 August 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Memphis and integrated into the Regular Marine Corps the following September.
Ordered to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, he completed recruit training with the 3d Recruit Training Battalion in February 1964. Upon completion of recruit training, he was promoted to private first class.
Transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he was assigned duty as ammo-carrier with Company E, 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division until November 1965. While stationed at Camp Lejeune, he was promoted to lance corporal 1 October 1964 and to corporal 1 August 1965.
Corporal Singleton returned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island and served as an instructor with the Weapons Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, with the additional duty of training marksmanship to Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. While performing this additional duty, he received a letter of appreciation for qualifying 100 percent of the Officers-to-be.
Prior to departure from the United States, Cpl Singleton was promoted to sergeant 1 September 1966. On 13 November he joined Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam and served as supply sergeant with that unit. He was mortally wounded on 24 March 1967.
A complete list of his medals and decorations includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal with one bronze star, the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Vietnam War 1965-1973 Medal of Honor