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Daniel E. Walker

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Daniel E. Walker
Born(1927-09-19)September 19, 1927
💀DiedSeptember 16, 2009(2009-09-16) (aged 81)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USASeptember 16, 2009(2009-09-16) (aged 81)
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materUnited States Military Academy
💼 Occupation
Civil servant
👩 Spouse(s)Patricia Ann Walker
👶 ChildrenRussell W. Walker
David E. Walker
Dana W. Purczinsky

Daniel E. Walker, known as Dan Walker (September 19, 1927 – September 16, 2009), was a United States Army veteran from Fort Worth, Texas, who received international attention for properly disposing of a burned American flag.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Walker served in World War II. In 1953, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point,[3] New York. He later served in Korea and was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers.[2]

Flag burial incident[edit]

In 1984, after protesters burned an American flag during the Republican National Convention, Walker retrieved the leftover remains. Walker said, "I didn’t want somebody sweeping it up with a broom and putting it in an ashcan."[2][1] He buried the remains in his backyard rather than using the approved method of incinerating them because "...it had already been burned once".[4]

Following the incident, Walker received the Army’s highest civilian award and a letter of commendation from U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan.[2][1]

The flag burning incident eventually led to the 1989 United States Supreme Court decision of Texas v. Johnson which upheld flag burning as a freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution by a narrow 5-4 decision.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Walker was married to Patty Walker and they had two sons and a daughter. He was a deacon-emeritus of the McKinney Memorial Bible Church in Fort Worth and sang with the oratorio chorus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walker died of prostate cancer on September 16, 2009.[2][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Dan Walker, 81; veteran who buried burned flag remnants". Boston Herald; Associate Press. September 20, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Jan Jarvis,". Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.[dead link]
  3. "Last Roll Call". United States Military Academy. Archived from the original on December 21, 2005. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  4. Robert Justin Goldstein (1996), Burning the Flag, Kent State University Press, p. 33, ISBN 9780873385985
  5. "Background Summary and Questions, Texas v. Johnson (1989), Landmark Supreme Court Cases". Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2008-02-05.

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