Walter Lee Peden (1920 - 2002)

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Willamette National Cemetery
Section CC Site 1483,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or

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Sweet Home, Linn County, Oregon

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: PFC
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Lee

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1920 - In the year that Walter Lee Peden was born, the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

1924 - When he was merely 4 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

1928 - At the age of only 8 years old, Walter was alive when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

1950 - At the age of 30 years old, Walter was alive when in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

1988 - When he was 68 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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Walter Lee Peden died on February 7, 2002 at 82 years of age. There is no known cause of death for Walter. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section CC Site 1483, Portland, Or. He was born on January 22, 1920. There is no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Lee Peden had been residing in Sweet Home, Linn County, Oregon.

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