Deputy U.S. Marshal Walter W. Getchell

Deputy U.S. Marshal Walter W. Getchell

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 5, 1924

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Walter W. Getchell

Deputy Marshal Walter Getchell suffered a fatal heart attack after getting lost in the wilderness near Nome, Alaska. He had left his office to serve a notice of judgment against a dredging company in Nome.

Deputy Getchell never arrived at the company and failed to returned to the office. A search party was sent out but failed to locate him. His body was found five days later on a different trail. It is believed he took a wrong turn and lost his way.


  • Age 57
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Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Alaska

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Deputy Marshal Getchell,
On today, the 93rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

August 5, 2017

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