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Postal Inspector Walter Richard Ton | United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

Postal Inspector

Walter Richard Ton

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, January 10, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 9 years, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Location: Montana

Incident Date: 1/10/1938

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Inspector Walter Ton was killed in the crash of a Northwest Airlines flight near Bozeman, Montana, while returning to St. Paul, Minnesota, from Seattle, Washington. He had traveled to Seattle to arrest two suspects in the burglary of a post office in Voltaire, North Dakota, on September 24, 1931. Ten people were killed in the crash when the plane struck a mountain peak.

Inspector Ton had served as a US Postal Inspector for almost 10 years. He is survived by his wife, 7-month-old daughter, sister, and two brothers.

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Sondra: I am researching everything I can about the plane crash that killed your father, and the men who were there. Like you, I lost a relative I never met in person: my grandfather Irven Stevenson was also on that flight. I have newspaper clippings and some info I can share with you. Hopefully, you will see this!

Very touching to see a memorial page here for Inspector Tom. My heart goes out to you.

You are welcome to contact me.

Roxanne Kenison
Granddaughter of another aboard NWA2
March 13, 2013


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