Walter Shumate’s mustache comb that he souvenired to his Paul Schuerenberg before he left for Thailand on Rest and Recuperation (R&R). Walt Shumate was well known for his large handle-bar mustache that he kept well-groomed and waxed.
Walter L. Shumate served seven tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1962 with 1st Special Forces Group (1st SFG (ABN)) assigned to I Corp area. He returned for a second tour in 1963 and 1964 with 1st SFG (ABN) assigned to the II Corp area. Walter returned for a fourth tour in 1966 with 5th SFG (ABN), Project Delta (B-52), Recon Section. His fifth tour was in 1969 with 5th SFG (ABN), Recondo School assigned as an Instructor (Instructor Number 212). Shumate’s sixth tour was in 1970 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control Central (CCC) assigned to the Hatchet Forces. His final tour was in 1972 with MAC V SOG, Task Force 2 Advisory Element (TF2AE / CCC) assigned to the Hatchet Forces.