The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for November,
wasn't that long. I didn't have much
time to think about it. I was too busy. I
worked harder and faster than ever in
'I couldn't stop with the grit the boys
were showing. Some of their faces were
whitest faces I ever saw. Finally, the Japs left. I knew they were
going to refuel and reload their bomb
racks and come back. That's where the
whole battle of Midway was won and
our planes got their carriers
while their planes were giving us merry
Ned. But we didn't know that then.'
"Later on two flying fortresses landed
and Smokey's gang decided to get their
wounded into the air before the Japs
came back. But bad tires and a bad
engine delayed their start, and the sirens
sounded the return of the enemy.
'Here comes those dirty
some marines yelled.
"Walther dived into a fox hole, joining Lieut. Philip L. Willis, Kaufman,
Texas, and Lieut. Robert B. Andrews,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 'Let's take her
up anyway, what say?' said Andrews. 'We
dood it,' replied Walther.
'It was like going over the top,' he
said. 'We helped some wounded and kept
our fingers crossed that the Japs wouldn't
show up while Andy tried to start the
bomber. She had a bad engine and finally caught. We whizzed down the runway and went bad engine conked
out. We contacted Midway by radio, asking for instructions.'
"Midway ordered them to go back to
their base. Walther wanted to return to
Midway. In that plane left on the runway were his instruments and a miniature hospital. 'I had everything for any
type of emergency in it,' he said. 'It cost
me a lot of dough and I could picture it
being blown up. I also had a wallet there
with about two hundred bucks cash. The
whole outlay represented about a thousand fish and I'd have fought the whole
Jap air force for that.'
"It was getting dark and they had
flown around so much they got lost. They
finally wound up about 150 miles off
their course with enough gas for eighty
"They made a forced landing on a
small island; 'miraculously nobody was
JOSEPH EDWARD WALTHER, JR., DePauw
hurt except for scratches and bruises,'
'Next day, a destroyer picked us up
and took us to the Island of Oahu. We
were a bloody-looking bunch.
'Our hearts nipped up when we saw
our planes on the field. Then I learned
of our crushing victory.
'The first thing I saw as I walked
into the office was my instrument kit and
Captain Walther's home is at Rushville, Indiana. He was quarter-back on
the football team and fielder on the baseball team in high school there, and
earned a Rector Scholarship to DePauw
University, where he took a pre-medic
course and graduated in 1934. He received his M.D. from Indiana University
in 1936, spent a year as interne in St.
Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis, and
then served as physician for the Pan
American Airways, being stationed on