|courtesy of Frogman|
Walter was drafted in December 1942. After his basic military training he was sent to England and assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. He trained with the unit for the planned amphibious assault that was to be part of the invasion of occupied Europe. He took part in that attack on 6 Jun 1944 and continued to fight with the unit until wounded on 16 Jul 1944. He was evacuated to a field hospital where he died of his wound(s) on 17 Jul 1944.
PFC Rode rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.