grew up in a bourgeois family in Jackson, Mississippi (USA) and
is part for two years of the Millsaps College before the events
of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
to engage in the Army, Walter discovers he is colorblind. He is
refused by the Marines and the Navy.
s'engage alors dans l'Armée de Terre américaine à
Philadelphia, où il parvient à passer à travers
les test de perception des couleurs. Walter Gordon then volunteers
in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia, where he manages to pass through
the test color vision. He then volunteers in the Airborne troops
since he wants to do a job with a real purpose.
his basic training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia.