Walter Bryce Mills was born in Los Angeles, California. He was the nephew of Dr. Garfield Jones Mills of 642 Keith Avenue.
Walter B. Mills enlisted in the United States Army on July 31, 1942, at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on 3 October 1945.
During the Korean War, Corporal Mills was a member of the 212th Military Police Company, 40th Infantry Division. He was killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 11, 1950.
Corporal Mills was repatriated to Knoxville and was buried at Knoxville National Cemetery on September 10, 1951.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 26 August 1950
Cpl. Walter B. Mills was killed in action in Korea Aug. 10, the Defense Department has notified his uncle here. The uncle, Dr. G.J. Mills 624 West Keith Avenue, said he was advised of the death by telegram but has received no details. The 34-year-old corporal made his home with Dr. Mills. He was a graduate of Austin High School and attended Knoxville College. Cpl. Mills spent 39 months in the Pacific theater in World War II. He landed with troops on Okinawa. Dr. Mills said he expects the body will be returned here for burial.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 14 February 1916
- Date of death: 11 August 1950
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: 212th Military Police Company, 40th Infantry Division
- Conflict: World War II / Korean War
- Battles: Okinawa
- Awards: Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
- Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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