Walter E. Bond
Jun 4, 1916 – Mar 22, 1947
Walter was initially reported in Madison's newspapers to have been killed in an accident in Paris
in 1947. Later information painted a different picture of his death. He married Mary Ann Suster of
in 1942 while serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Sent to Paris, he met and fell in love
with Germane Pesant.
He vowed to return and marry her after the war, and even made her the beneficiary of his life
insurance policy. After being discharged from the service, Walter Bond abandoned his wife and
young child in Wisconsin and flew to Paris. Meeting another man at the door of Germane's apartment,
Bond got into a fight with him and was killed.
In 1951 a Madison court awarded Germane $7,000 and Mary Ann $3,000 of Walter's insurance money.