WWII Vet Sidney Walton, 102, was on a 50-state, 50-governor tour, giving everyone a chance to meet a WWII veteran before that greatest generation disappears.
Sidney passed away Oct 21, 2021, but his son Paul completed the tour in his honor as the "No Regrets Memorial Tour" before he too sadly passed away.
May 26, 2022
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long presents proclamation honoring Sidney Walton's service, and holds photo of Sidney.
Replacing "1" with "0" in countdown on Sidney's SUV. Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long on right. Gov. Carney sent well wishes.
Sidney was born Feb. 11th, 1919, in New York City. In March 1941, eager to fight the Nazis, he enlisted in the Army, eight months before Pearl Harbor.
Sidney served in the lesser known third theater of combat, CBI (China-Burma-India) as a corporal and medical technician in the 34th Infantry, 8th Division, until the war's end.
Sidney always regretted missing a chance to meet Civil War veterans during the 1939 World's Fair in New York. To make up for this regret, in 2018 he set off with his son Paul on a "No Regrets Tour" to give Americans a last chance to meet a World War II vet before they're all gone.
Sidney hoped to visit all 50 governors in all 50 states, raising awareness for our veterans. He was able to meet 40 governors before his death at age 102.
Sidney met the presidents of both the U.S. and France, was honored at the 2020 Super Bowl, was celebrated on the Today Show on his 100th birthday, was featured on World News Tonight, and received the 2020 Unsung Hero Patriot Award.
4-24-18 (RI) Gina Raimondo video
4-30-18 (MA) Charlie Baker video
5-4-18 (ME) Paul LePage video
5-10-18 (CT) Dannel Malloy article
5-18-18 (NY) Andrew Cuomo video
5-24-18 (NJ) Phil Murphy photo
5-28-18 (IN) Eric Holcomb (and Indy 500) video
6-11-18 (NE) Pete Ricketts article/video
6-19-18 (TN) Bill Haslam article/video
6-26-18 (KY) Matt Bevin video
7-3-18 (IL) Bruce Rauner video
7-11-18 (FL) Rick Scott article/video
9-25-18 (AK) Bill Walker video
10-5-18 (HI) David Ige video
10-17-18 (WA) Jay Inslee video
10-22-18 (OR) Kate Brown video
12-11-18 (LA) John Edwards video
12-17-18 (MS) Phil Bryant video
12-18-18 (TX) Greg Abbott video
4-26-19 (SC) Henry McMaster video
5-2-19 (MO) Mike Parson video
6-24-19 (NC) Roy Cooper video
7-29-19 (CA) Gavin Newsom article/video
11-5-19 (VT) Phil Scott article/video
11-7-19 (NH) Chris Sununu video
11-15-19 (MD) Larry Hogan video
3-9-20 (NV) Steve Sisolak video
3-26-20 (AZ) Doug Ducey video
6-2-20 (UT) Gary Herbert video
6-8-20 (WY) Mark Gordon video
6-12-20 (MT) Steve Bullock video
6-19-20 (ID) Brad Little video
8-13-20 (AR) Asa Hutchinson article
8-17-20 (GA) Brian Kemp video
11-13-20 (VA) Ralph Northam video
7-1-21 (AL) Kay Ivey video
7-13-21 (IA) Kim Reynolds video
7-20-21 (KS) Laura Kelly video
8-28-21 (MI) Gretchen Whitmer video
9-28-21 (OK) Kevin Stitt video
11-11-21 (NM) Michelle Lujan Grisham article
12-21-21 (CO) Jared Polis video
1-20-22 (SD) Kristi Noem video
1-21-22 (ND) Doug Burgum video
1-27-22 (MN) Tim Walz video
1-28-22 (WI) Tony Evers video
5-23-22 (OH) Mike DeWine video
5-25-22 (PA) Tom Wolf video