– Walter F. Boone was an admiral, who after retiring from the Navy, became the NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Defense Affairs.
1918 – Boone’s first wartime assignment was aboard the Ohio, operating with the Atlantic Fleet.
1921 – Admiral Boone graduated from the Naval Academy.
1942 – He was given his second combat assignment, as the executive officer of the aircraft carrier Enterprise.
– He participated in the Battle of Midway, the Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, the battles of the Eastern Solomons and Santa Cruz and the November campaign of Guadalcanal.
– He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in the Battle of Santa Cruz.
1945 – He returned to the Pacific as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Yorktown, which participated in the later stages of the Okinawa campaign and the attacks on the Japanese home islands.
1954 – He returned and was appointed as the 38th superintendent of the Academy.
1956 – He was promoted to rear admiral and made commander of U.S. naval forces in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
1960 – His final assignment before retiring with the four stars of a full admiral was as the U.S. representative to the Military Committee and Standing Group of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
1967 – As a civilian, he worked for McDonnell Aircraft Company, which became part of McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and as an assistant to the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
1993 – His wife Polly died.
1995 – Died of heart attack on March at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was 97.