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Three Stars and a Crow - Life as MCPON and My Love Affair with the U.S. Navy

Three Stars and a Crow - Life as MCPON and My Love Affair with the U.S. Navy

by Robert J. Walker

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Three Stars and a Crow is the story of Bob Walker, a man who loved the U.S. Navy from the moment he met it, and who set out to become the best by devoting himself to serving his country and the men and women who serve.

From a typical American childhood raised on a farm, Bob’s character was instilled by his parents. He played quarterback in high school and won a nationwide speaking contest that helped him and others realize he was destined to lead.

After joining the Navy at 19, Walker rocketed through the enlisted ranks to achieve  chief in just eight years. His was the Navy of spit and polish, chain of command, and an absolute dedication to quality and performance.

In this book, Walker lays out the principles that led him to go toe to toe with all who threatened his Navy. Read about the courage it took to speak the truth and demand changes to a system that had lost the polish of the past. Find out why his family managed to love him and believe in him in spite of the separation and demands he placed on them.

Filled with typical no-bull Walker language and humor, Three Stars is sure to become a classic guide for enlisted who want to rise fast and make a difference. This book describes how Walker did it, and why so many Sailors have such respect for the man who brought respect back to the Navy, the man who loved them beyond reason, and who became a living legend in the United States Navy.

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BN ID: 2940013463738
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert J. Walker was the third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). He was born in Baldwin, New York, attended grammar and high school in Oxford, New York, and enlisted in the Navy in 1948.

After just eight years of active service, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, later promoted to Master Chief in 1963. Walker was sworn in as the third MCPON on September 26, 1975.

Walker was a staunch defender of enlisted personnel and also a strong advocate of re-establishing the esprit de corp of the Navy.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal,
National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), United Nations Korea Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Korea), and 7 Service hash marks.

Walker retired September 28, 1979. Since then he served as CEO with the CPO Scholarship Fund. In 1990, Robert J. Walker Hall, the home of Operations Specialist “A” School at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck, Virginia was named for him.

Robert Walker is married to Fran Walker; they have six children, Kathy, Linda, Robert Jr., Teri, Michael and Michelle; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. MCPON Walker lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.

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