|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1914|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||May 29, 1976|
The Morning Herald - Hagerstown, Maryland - June 1, 1976
Provided by Janet Brooks 47077820
Brig. Gen. John T. Fitzwater, 62, U.S. Air Force Retired, died Friday evening at his home, 406 Meadowbrook Road.
Born in Buckhannon, W. Va., he was a son of Carl and Elva M. Helmick Fitzwater.
He was chairman of the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross; a member of John Wesley Methodist Church; Morris Frock Post No. 42, American Legion; and Ralph S. Tagg Jr. Chapter of Disabled American Veterans.
His military career began in 1938 when he entered Flight Training and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. At the time of his death he was a Jet Qualified Command Pilot with more than 4,000 hours flying time.
In 1944, he joined the Seventh Bomb Group in India and China and during this period he received the Air Medal for his airmanship. Upon his return to the U.S., he was assigned as director of flying training of the Air Training Command at Barksdale AFB, La. For this service he received the Legion of Merit Medal.
In 1948, he became director of research and development for the Air Training Command. In 1949, he served as director of Human Resources Research at Barksdale AFB, La.
In the same year he organized and commanded the Human Resources Research Center of the Air Training Command at Lackland AFB, Tex., which later became the Personnel and Training Research Center of the U.S. Air Force.
In 1950, he became commander of the 37th Basic Military Training Group at Lackland AFB, Tex. In 1952 he was assigned to Headquarters Far East Air Forces as an assistant deputy for personnel and later deputy of personnel. During this period he received his second Legion of Merit Medal.
He next served as director of combat operations at Headquarters Central Air Defense Force, Richard-Gebaur AFB, Mo. In 1957, he was assigned command of the 33rd Air Division, which later became Oklahoma City Air Defense Sector.
In 1960, he assumed the position of vice commander of the 33rd Air Division – SAGE, and in 1961 was promoted to brigadier general, and then assumed command as senior U.S. advisor to the commander of the Turkish Air Force.
Upon his return in 1963, he was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command as assistant deputy for plans and later as deputy chief of staff. In 1966, he was assigned as deputy for operations Headquarters Continental Air Command.
Upon retirement in 1968, he assisted in organizing the Spring Valley Civic Assn., and served as its first president. He organized and served as charter president of the Upper Potomac Chapter of Retired Officers Assn.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Malone Fitzwater; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia L. Rowe of Hampton, Va.; a son, John T. Fitzwater Jr. of Hagerstown; a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Herdon of Bridgeport, W. Va.; a brother, Lt. Col. Charles E. Fitzwater of Hagerstown; and one grandson.
Services will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. The Rev. William G. Cook Jr. will officiate; burial with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 North Potomac St., on Monday evening from 7 to 9.
The family requests the omission of flowers, and memorial donations may be made to Heart Fund or the Red Cross, or a favorite charity.
Carl F. Fitzwater (1885 - 1959)
Elva May Helmick Fitzwater (1894 - 1960)
Virginia Malone Fitzwater (1918 - 2004)
Virginia Lee Fitzwater (1948 - 2012)*
John Timothy Fitzwater (1914 - 1976)
Charles Edward Fitzwater (1919 - 1991)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 11, Site 68-1
Maintained by: Robert Leitner
Originally Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Feb 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48782253