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Oldest active member of NH chapter of MOAA turns 100

September 03. 2014 7:48PM

WINDHAM — Surrounded by more than 120 family members and friends, Lt. Col. Walter J.D. Hewitt (Ret.), turned 100 years old on Aug. 31.

Lt. Col. Hewitt is the oldest active member with the New Hampshire chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

Walter’s wife of more than 63 years, Veronica “Roni” Hewitt, and his son, Col. Doug Hewitt (Ret.), hosted Walt’s birthday gala on Labor Day at the Searles Castle in Windham.

Walter graduated from ROTC at Norwich University as a member of the Class of 1936 and went on active duty in 1939. He entered military service at Fort Ethan Allen and was a member of 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

During World War II, Lt. Col. Hewitt served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment which was a subordinate unit of the 34th Infantry Division. Lt. Col. Hewitt’s unit saw extensive action in Northern Italy at Apennines Pass and in the PO Valley. His long and distinguished career culminated with his assignment as a training battalion commander at the Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky. in 1959.

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan affiliation with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers, and their families.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the MOAA consists of just under 900 members. More information can be found at or

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