January 27, 1920 (Georgetown, CT) – May 4, 2012 (Trumbull, CT); 82 years old
Married Antoinette “Dorothy” V. Scinto (1922-1988) on January 26, 1946, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Two daughters, Debra A. Rasmussen (1955-) and Elaine M. Rasmussen Toth (1957-).
Local address: 88 Winfield Street, Norwalk, Connecticut
Enlisted on June 5, 1939, and into the Regular Army on February 24, 1941.
Transferred back to the National Guard and had a career spanning 40 years.
Service number: 20132834
Unit: 192nd Field Artillery Regiment and others.
Born to Christian E. [born in Denmark] (1886-1968) and Edna I. Beers (1885-1969). Brothers, Harry E. (1913-1987), Olaf E. (1915-1997), Warren C. (1916-1970), and Harold D. (1922-1944) [KIA in WWII in France]. One sister, Jensene Marie “Betsy” Rasmussen Slawson (1917-2000).
Brother, PFC Harold D. “Babe” Rasmussen was Killed In Action and also received the Purple Heart Medal.
Wounded in action at Maastricht, France on February 20, 1944. Received the Purple Heart Medal.
From The Norwalk Hour September 24, 1953, in a column titled “Know Your Guard”
Master Sergeant Walter M. Rasmussen first enlisted as a private in Battery C of the old 192nd Field Artillery Regiment, Connecticut National Guard, in Norwalk on June 5, 1939. He was promoted to Corporal in 1942 and received his present grade in May of this year. He is serving as First Sergeant of Headquarters Battery, 193rd Field Artillery Battalion. Ordered to active duty with the 43rd Infantry Division in February 1941, Rasmussen reported to Camp Blanding, Florida, remaining there until January 1942, when he was shipped to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. There, the 192nd Regiment was split into two regiments, the 192nd, and the 203rd. On March 1, 1943, the second battalion of the 203rd was redesignated the 953rd Field Artillery to which Rasmussen was assigned. On February 20, 1944, Sergeant Rasmussen left with the 963rd for England aboard the HMS Pasteur. On June 23 of the same year, he landed on Omaha Beach, France. After Normandy, he fought in Northern France, Ardennes – Alsace, the Rhineland, central Europe, and the Elbe River. He was wounded at Maastricht, France in September 1944 and received the Purple Heart Medal. He was released from active duty on October 22, 1945. On September 16, 1916, he rejoined the Headquarters Battery of the 963rd Field Artillery Battalion as an airplane mechanic, and on September 5, 1950, he was again called to serve his country on active duty when he was sent with the Battalion to Camp Pickett, Virginia. In October 1951, he was sent to Germany with the battalion and served there until June 1952. The Sergeant rejoined the present 963rd Field Artillery Battalion when it was reorganized and granted federal recognition in September 1952. Master Sergeant Rasmussen is authorized to wear the following ribbons and medals: American Defense Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, 10-year Service Medal, European Theatre with five battle starts, American Theatre, Occupation Medal (German), and the National Defense Medal. He has a total of 13 years of service. Master Sergeant Rasmussen is employed as an administrative supply maintenance technician for Headquarters Battery 963rd Field Artillery Battalion at the Norwalk Armory.
Buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniel Farm Road, Trumbull, Connecticut; Section 1, Lot 1916, Grave 4. Photo from findagrave.com.