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Commission Presented to Crockett Resident
Houston County Courier - January 2009
At a quarterly meeting of the Nimitz Squadron of the Texas Navy Association held at Margaux's Restaurant in Dallas, Mary Walker of Crockett was presented with a commission as an admiral in the Texas Navy.
The commission was presented by Rear Admiral Lester R. Smith, USN Retired and is given by the governor of Texas for some extraordinary service to Texas or the United States.
The first such honor was awarded in 1936 by then Governor Preston Smith.
The Texas Navy Association is a civilian organization whose objective is the preservation of history and in particular to keep alive the history of the early Texas Navies who were so important in the early days of the republic.
While Mrs. Walker works in many organizations to promote and preserve the history of Texas and the nation, her most significant contribution to the state was as a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Board of Management for 12 years and a past president general of that group.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is a 6,700 member organization whose activities include the custodianship of two state-owned properties: the Alamo in San Antonio and the French Legation in Austin.
Mrs. Walker's administration was responsible for the construction of a new half-million dollar exhibit at the Long Barrack in the Alamo Complex and the obtaining of a copy of the Pena Papers, items from the Maverick Collection, including a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and other priceless items for the research center at the Alamo Complex.
The Texas Historical Commission presented the DRT with their award for Historical Preservation while Mrs. Walker was president general.
Admiral Smith also presented Mrs. Walker with a commission as a "Yellow Rose of Texas," an honor bestowed by the governor on women who have made a significant contribution to the state of Texas.
Present for the ceremony were Mrs. Walker's children: Dr. Patrick Walker, Janet Walker, and Mary Jane Walker, all of Crockett and Ann Walker of Dallas.