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Books by Bob Walker

  • Three Stars and a Crow

    Three Stars and a Crow is the story of Bob Walker, a man who loved the U.S. Navy from the moment he met it, and who set out to become the best by devoting himself to serving his country and the men and women who serve.

    From a typical American childhood raised on a farm, Bob’s character was instilled by his parents. He played quarterback in high school and won a nationwide speaking contest that helped him and others realize he was destined to lead.

    After joining the Navy at 19, Walker rocketed through the enlisted ranks to achieve chief in just eight years. His was the Navy of spit and polish, chain of command, and an absolute dedication to quality and performance.

    In this book, Walker lays out the principles that led him to go toe to toe with all who threatened his Navy. Read about the courage it took to speak the truth and demand changes to a system that had lost the polish of the past. Find out why his family managed to love him and believe in him in spite of the separation and demands he placed on them.

    Filled with typical no-bull Walker language and humor, Three Stars is sure to become a classic guide for enlisted who want to rise fast and make a difference. This book describes how Walker did it, and why so many Sailors have such respect for the man who brought respect back to the Navy, the man who loved them beyond reason, and who became a living legend in the United States Navy.

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Robert J. Walker was the third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and was then promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1956, then promoted to Master Chief in 1963. Walker was sworn in as the third MCPON on September 26, 1975. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), United Nations Korea Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Korea), and 7 Service hash marks. Walker retired September 28, 1979. Since then he served as CEO with the CPO Scholarship Fund. In 1990, Robert J. Walker Hall, the home of Operations Specialist "A" School at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck, Virginia was named for him. Robert Walker is married to Fran Walker; they have six children, Kathy, Linda, Robert Jr., Teri, Michael and Michelle; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. MCPON Walker lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.