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George W. “Walter” Pursley ( Missoula 1944 )

posted: Oct 11, 2020


Walter died December 17, 2015, in Fort Meyers, Florida. He was born March 8, 1925, in Irvington, N.J. and moved to Milburn (NJ) at an early age. Walter was a member of the Christadelphian faith and entered Civilian Public Service in 1943. He was assigned to several camps before reporting to CPS-103 for smokejumper training. Walter jumped the 1944 season and made seven training and two fire jumps.

After his discharge in 1946, he attended and graduated with a university degree in Business. Walter worked for Chubb & Son Insurance Co. for his entire career and retired to Fort Meyers in 2000.