You Are Here > > > Walter Walsh

Walter Walsh

Full name: Walter Rudolph Nicholas Walsh
Gender: Male
Born: May 4, 1907 in Union City, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: US Marine Corps Reserve, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Shooting


Walter Walsh's Olympic participation in 1948 seems like a footnote to a life of experiences known by few men. Born in New Jersey, Walsh graduated from Rutgers Law School and then in 1934 joined the FBI. A year later he was on the stakeout team in Chicago that apprehended Doc Barker, one of the most wanted criminals in the United States. Acting on a tip that same year, he also discovered the body of Chicago gangster Baby Face Nelson. Two years later he was involved in a shoot-out in Bangor, Maine with Al Brady, who was at the time Public Enemy #1 and who was killed during the shoot-out. In World War II he joined the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was commander of the Marine Corps' marksmanship unit for several years and competed in the 1948 Olympics while in the Marines. When the FBI celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007, Walsh was still around, by then 101-years-old, noting that he was older than the FBI. In March 2013 he surpassed [Rudy Schrader] to become the longest-lived Olympian of all time.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 41 London Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres United States USA 12

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1948 Summer 41 London Shooting United States USA Final Standings 525 89 88 90 87 84 87
id: 44,789