Local Veteran Honored For Efforts On D-Day

Frank Walden Served As Navy Corpsman On June 6, 1944

A local veteran was honored Wednesday for his efforts during D-Day.

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Frank Walden was 18 years old when he found himself as a Navy corpsman that was part of the first wave to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Sixty-eight years later, Walden and other medical personnel who were part of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion are being recognized for their efforts on that historic day.

"I'm not a hero," said Walden. "The guys who didn't make it out of there are the heroes."

Walden was presented with a Bronze Star during change of command ceremonies at Beach Master Unit 1 in Coronado on the anniversary of D-Day.

"I can't imagine being an 18-year-old today and doing what he did… not in my eyes," said Sr. Chief James Morrison, a Navy corpsman himself.

Walden said he is grateful for the award and is encouraged that the relatives of those who have passed on will receive the award as well.

A total of 84 medical personnel with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion will be recognized. Survivors or their heirs on the East Coast will be so honored later this year.

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