Military role continues after more than 20 years of service
Steve Walter, who grew up in the Souderton area, continues to embrace his role in the military. He could get into the nitty-gritty details of each of the tours, but there is just too much to tell.
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Instead of dwelling on all the history Walter has witnessed, he jumped to discussion on nationalism and patriotism, abroad and here at home.
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He said that many soldiers, and this is ideally what the Army wants, revert back to their training that has become innate.
“That’s when the fear sets in,” Walter said, “when you come back and think about what just happened.”
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Walter prides himself in being an open book, within reason, of the past 20 years of Army action. He’s open to conversations with locals and really anyone who is interested. Walter spoke at Lenape Middle School last year about his role in the Army.
To hear audio of Walter and a Telford Navy veteran discussing patriotism, nationalism, fear and bravery, visit montgomerynews. com.
Souderton native Steve Walter and his patrol respond to an apparent assassination attempt against an Iraqi government official when an insurgent detonated a car bomb in Baghdad April 18, 2007.
Souderton native Steve Walter during a tour of duty in Iraq in November 2006.