The Pittsburgh Press (June 19, 1942)
Two ‘caterpillar’ stripes worn by youth
A former ferry pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 17-year-old Walter H. McLoon of Milwaukee, has applied for enlistment in the Marine Corps here.
McLoon, a dark-haired six-footer, had to fib about his age when he enlisted in the RCAF in May 1940. He was 16 at the time but told the Canadians that he was 20. Minimum age for the RCAF is 18.
McLoon piloted dive bombers and reconnaissance planes in the transcontinental service prior to his honorable discharge from the RCAF in April.
He wore two “caterpillar” stripes on his RCAF uniform, indicating two parachute jumps. He said that once he had to bail out when a flying school plane caught fire. Another time he jumped from 70,000 feet when a wing of the plane he was testing ripped off.
Soon the whole family will be in the service.
His stepfather, Charles R. Lyon-Campbell, 42, a World War I veteran, enlisted in the Marines and will leave here soon for service as a sergeant. His mother, Vera, is a registered nurse and plans to enlist as a Navy nurse, McLoon said.
He hoped to become a pilot in the Marine Corps.