Thursday, 7 July 2011

more on edwins walker


We had some Edwyn Walker news the other day. Now is time for Edwin Walker news:

He was a US Major-General who commanded commandoes on the Riviera in WWII, advised the First Korean Corps and commanded the Arkansas Military District (sounds like a tough gig).

In 1959 he was sent to Germany. He was well anti-communist, which seems fine but he did distribute hard-core right wing literature to his troops, supplied by an evangelist called Billy James Hargis, whose name would be funnier if it were Haggis.

He tried to become Governor of Texas, but was knocked out in the Democratic primary. If you're surprised he was a Democrat, don't be. Without being too reductive, there was a good long period where, for Civil War reasons, the white South was very Democrat. He protested against letting African-Americans into Mississippi University in 1062. It was a proper protest. Six federal marshals were shot.

He is very slightly famous because he came to Lee Harvey Oswald's attention, and LHO tried to assassinate him. He failed because the bullet hit the arm of a chair. It was a good plan and no one linked LHO to it until after Kennedy's death.

He sued newspapers who covered his views negatively, which were that a sinister group of powerful Americans were trying to sell the country out. He also, it is said, inspired the movie Seven Days in May, which is about a US military coup.

Oh, and:

Walker, then 66, was arrested on June 23, 1976 for public lewdness in a restroom at a Dallas park and accused of fondling an undercover policeman. He was arrested again in Dallas for public lewdness on March 16, 1977. He pled no contest to one of the two misdemeanor charges, was given a suspended, 30-day jail sentence, and fined $1,000.

I doubt he was a happy man.

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