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Walter Purdion (1945 - 2009)

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Walter Purdion
1945 - 2009
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July 23, 1945
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January 18, 2009
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Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas 72830
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Walter Purdion was born on July 23, 1945. He died on January 18, 2009 at 63 years of age. We know that Walter Purdion had been residing in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas 72830.
Updated: November 7, 2011
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Walter Purdion died on January 18, 2009 at age 63. He was born on July 23, 1945. We have no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Purdion had been residing in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas 72830.
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In 1945, in the year that Walter Purdion was born, on February 19th, US Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Iwo Jima began. Lasting 5 weeks, it was some of the bloodiest and fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II. The occupying Japanese forces were heavily armed and there were 21,000 Japanese soldiers on the island at the beginning of the battle. Only 216 Japanese soldiers were captured afterwards - the rest had been killed in action or committed suicide. 6,800 American soldiers died but the Americans took control of the island.

In 1956, he was just 11 years old when this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

In 1963, at the age of 18 years old, Walter was alive when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1980, he was 35 years old when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

In 1990, by the time he was 45 years old, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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