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Walter Karig ( November 13th, 1898 - September 30th, 1956 ) was born in New York City ( New York, United States ). He received his early education in schools of New York City, and studied art at the New York School of Fine Arts and l'Académie Julian in Paris ( France ).
During the First World War, he served in the French Foreign Legion and Free Polish Legion, completing his service in the latter as Captain of Infantry.
After the war, Walter Karig was a news and editorial writer, columnist, and cartoonist. As such he travelled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Mexico ; spent six weeks in Japan in 1935, and subsequently toured the Philippine Islands, Malay Peninsula, Ceylon ( present - day Sri Lanka ), India, Egypt, Italy, and France. Prior to 1935, when he began writing news commentary exclusively, he published twenty books of children's adventure fiction, under various pseudonyms ( Julia K. Duncan, Clinton W. Locke and Carolyn Keene ) and a mystery novel, republished in Great Britain as a Crime Club " book of the month ".
On September 1st, 1939, Nazi Germany armed forces invaded Poland. This sudden act of aggression marks the outbreak of the Second World War. The same year, Walter Karig was made Washington correspondent for Cecil Brooks News Service ( London, England ), widely represented in British magazines and Allied Newspapers, Ltd. In 1941, he wrote similarly for the London Evening Star. Before December 7th ( the Japanese surprised attack on Pearl Harbor ), his service began with a civilian assignment as a Special Representative of Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox ( 1874 - 1944 ), aboard the U.S.S. Wichita, during the Iceland Occupation ( August - September 1941 ).
In 1942, Walter Karig was the Washington delegate to the first Pan - American Press Congress at Mexico City ( Mexico ), and was elected First Vice President of the Permanent Committee of the Congress. Accepting appointment in the U.S. Naval Reserve as Lieutenant Commander ( September / October 1942 ), he reported to the Office of Public Relations ( later re - named the Office of Public Information ), Navy Department ( Washington, DC, United States ). There he organized the Magazine and Book Section, and served as its Chief throughout the war period, except for brief periods of detached duty in 1943, aboard the U.S.S. Texas, on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, and in 1944, at Naval bases on the West Coast, and with the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.
Commissioned Captain on January 15th, 1946, Walter Karig served as a member of the Secretary's Committee on Reorganization, with collateral duty as Press Aide to Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, Sr. ( 1885 - 1966 ), then Chief of Naval Operations ( January 1946 - April 1947 ). For two months thereafter he served on the Staff of the Commander in Chief ( Pacific Fleet ) with duty concerning the organization of Trust Territories. Upon his return to the Navy Department, he continued duty with the Secretary's Committee on Reorganization until March 1948, the date of his physical retirement ( effective on June 1st ), an indirect result of injuries sustained in the Pacific.
Remaining on active duty, he served until June 1950 as Special Assistant to the successive Chiefs of Naval Operations, Admirals Louis Emil Denfeld ( 1891 - 1972 ) and Forrest Percival Sherman ( 1896 - 1951 ), and for four months had Staff duty with Commander in Chief ( Naval Forces, Far East ), responsible for the organization of press and public information offices in Korea. In October 1950, he was designated Special Deputy to the Chief of Information, and from June 1952, has had correlated duty as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Public Relations.
On April 15th, 1954, Walter Karig was relieved of all active duty. He died in Bethesda ( Maryland, United States ), at the age of 57.
Here are some his publications : Doris Force at Raven Rock ( as Julia K. Duncan, 1931 ), The Password to Larkspur Lane ( Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, as Carolyn Keene, 1933 ), Death is a Tory ( as Keats Patrick, 1935 ), The Pool of Death ( as Keats Patrick, 1942 ), Battle Report - The End of an Empire ( collaboration, 1948 ), Pig in the Parlor ( with his wife, Eleanor Keating Frere, 1949 ), Battle Submerged : Submarine Fighters of World War II ( with Rear Admiral Harley Cope, 1951 ).
( sources : Wikipedia, www.history.navy.mil )