From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Sharer '38

Date of birth: March 16, 1916

Date of death: December 2, 1943

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Walter was lost when USS Capelin (SS 289) was lost in early December 1943, possibly to a mine or surface attack.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Walter Allen Sharer (NSN: 0-81380), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in the line of his profession as Sound Officer in the U.S.S. SALMON (SS-182) during four War Patrols in enemy controlled waters during World War II. As Officer-of-the-Deck, on one occasion, he sighted two enemy destroyers and maneuvered his boat into a favorable firing position. His skill in operating the sound gear and his gallant action during severe enemy counter efforts contributed directly to the success of the SALMON in sinking one enemy cruiser and one destroyer and in seriously damaging another cruiser with two torpedo hits. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 31
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Salmon (SS-182)

Though the citation above is a posthumous one, he was presented the award in person in March 1943.

Memorial Hall Error

Some documents — including the Silver Star citation above — have him as a LCDR. He is listed in Memorial Hall as LT.

Class of 1938

Walter is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.