United States Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
September 26, 1975 - September 28, 1979


Master Chief Petty Officer Robert J. Walker was born on February 2, 1929 at Baldwin, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948, and received his recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, where he was cited as company honorman.

While serving aboard the USS Erben (DE-631), he deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the Korean Conflict. In October 1955, Walker reported to Norfolk, VA, as an instructor at Radarman "A" School. In June 1956, after just eight years of active service, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, which at the time the highest enlisted rank in the Navy.

On September 26, 1975, Master Chief Walker was sworn in as the third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

In addition to the Navy Achievement and Navy Commendation Medal, Master Chief Walker holds seven other awards including the Navy Occupation Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal.


Photo of Master Chief Petty Officer Walker's shadow box is unavailable.