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Walter Micheal Todhunter

Date of Death: December 28, 2022
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Walt Todhunter, 76, an ordinary American hero, died of complications from COVID-19 on December 28, 2022. For most of his adult life, starting at 19, he flew helicopters in service to his country and his fellow humans, saving fellow soldiers in Vietnam, fighting forest fires in the Northwest, and air lifting critical care patients toContinue Reading

Robert Hay left a message on April 15, 2023:
Just the other day I was reading my newly acquired collection of "The Nam" comics (that I had when I was a teen in the late 80's and just before my USAF enlistment in 90.) As the images of the Huey were throughout I immediately remembered a legend I once knew for about two years back in 2000/2001. I googled him and sadly found this had been posted several months ago. To the entire family and aviation community of Walt, I am extremely sorry for the lost of this outstanding example of a dedicated individual. My dealings were with him as I was a police officer in Washington D.C.. I had just completed counter drug training at Ft.. Indiantown Gap and got wind of the R.A.I.D. unit. I began to make contact with this unit which would become a part of my life for the next two years. In all my years as a cop and since my youth when the movie Blue Thunder came out it was always the saying that Vietnam produced the best police aviator's. Serval times and also a a firefighter with experience going out west as a hotshot in the 90's, Walt and I would have headset conversations as we flew 500 feet ( many times doors off) over D.C. looking for police action. Just him telling me of his Nam, forestry and air medical experience I knew I was always in GREAT hands. As I became a regular as well as scheduling other officers to get to go up with R.A.I.D. it was always great to fly with either WO2 Scott Stout or WO4 Walt. One day as I was becoming dug in with this unit I was introduced to the units Major and asked if I would like this to be a full time commitment. How could I pass this up. I asked Walt if I could have my own issued helmet. The heck if he didn't have Scott bring one out ony next scheduled flight. I still cherish that helmet to this day as it hangs next to my leather fire helmet and patches and badges of 35+ years in my career. Thank you Walt. I will paint and honor of you next to Chuck Yeagers signature ( signed Oct. 2001) this weekend on that very helmet. I end with a thank you once again to the family for sharing him with us as well as my condolences to your loss. As I read the obituary as well as linked to the other sites I never knew of his DFC. The things you find out after someone leaves us. Just an amazing man. God speed WO4. Hope to fly with ya again on the other side brother. Your D.C. Left Seater P.F.O. Robert B. Hay
Edwin Drummond left a message on January 8, 2023:
Rest in peace Walt. Always an adventure flying with you.
Bonni J Smith left a message on January 7, 2023:
Walt was a great Brother-in-law. He was always kind to me and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed!
Robert Carnevale left a message on January 6, 2023:
Debbi, I am so sorry for your loss. Walt was one hell of an aviator that I had the pleasure to fly with in the military and at MedSTAR.
Mary Ann Melville left a message on January 5, 2023:
Walt took me on my very first flight as a newly hired flight paramedic at MedSTAR @ Washington Hospital Center in 1988. I was in the aft facing airway seat with my camera on the Ferno cot. Walt “snuck” up to about 6,000 feet and dropped the helicopter about 4,000 feet to see if he could “get me”. As I grabbed my camera hanging in mid-air, I squealed with delight. His response was, “Damn, I’ll never get her!” I flew many patients with Walt. He was a great pilot and I thoroughly enjoyed his antics in our downtime. I will treasure each and every memory I have of Walt, a great American hero, pilot all around good guy! Rest easy, Walt, we’ve got it from here, brother! ❤️???
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Sue Kepner left a message on January 4, 2023:
I am sorry for your loss.
Michael Dorey left a message on January 3, 2023:
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