|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1928|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 2008|
US Air Force, Veteran,
Walter Julian "Bud" Bacon II, 79 years of age, a retired Brigadier General of the United States Air Force, died on Monday, June 2, 2008, at home. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Born September 23, 1928, Knoxville, Tennessee, to the late Almon Kennedy Bacon and John Parshall Bacon, Sr. He was proud to be the descendant on father's side of Col. David Henley, George Washington's emissary to the East Tennessee region during Tennessee's quest for statehood; on mother's side descended from Knoxville pioneer Francis Alexander Ramsey, builder of Ramsey House. Grandfather, Dr. John M. Kennedy, married Maria Laura Ramsey, daughter of Dr. F. A. Ramsey, the last child born in Ramsey House. Maternal grandfather and great grandfather, both Civil War veterans, were presidents of the Knox County Medical Association. Gen Bacon graduated from Knoxville High School, attended University of Tennessee and graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1951. He obtained his Master's Degree from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Gen Bacon was a member of James Park Sunday School Class (teacher and former president), Order of Daedalians, Air Force Association, Sons of the Revolution, The Retired Officers Association, Military Order of the World Wars, Sigma Chi Fraternity, East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (President 2000-2001), Eighth Air Force Historical Society, National War College Alumni Association, East Tennessee Historical Society, West Point Alumni Association, West Point Society of East Tennessee, Marine Corps League, Navy League, American Legion, East Tennessee Veteran's Memorial Association and the Ramsey House Board. Gen Bacon flew fighter aircraft in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Air Force), and Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth LeCrone Bacon of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Walter was survived by his wife, Joyce Phelan Bacon; children, George Bacon of Cedaredge, Colorado, Timothy Crosby of Grand Junction, Colorado; Catherine "Kate" (Mrs. Jeff) Field of Hampton, Virginia, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Meadows of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Brittany, Schuyler and Christopher Bacon, Eric Crosby, Erika, Hanna and Emma Field, and Hailey Meadows; stepsons (Joyce's children), Stephen E. Smith of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Kevin R. Smith of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Brian M. Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Barry J. Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother and sister-in-law, John Parshall Bacon, Jr. and Jan Bacon of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Services were held on Friday at the Tennessee Veterans' Cemetery for a 1:30 P.M. interment service with full military honors by The United States Air Force Honor Guard. A memorial service followed at 3:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Pender officiating. The family received friends following the service. Arrangements were by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF ALL AMERICAN VETERANS
This is in memory of all American veterans who, although seperated by generations, shared a common, undeniable goal-to valiantly protect our country's freedoms. The memories of these American veterans will continue to live on whenever and wherever democracy exits. The American veteran-forever a symbol of heroism, scarifice, loyalty and freedom.
Please don't forget about the Unknown Soldier. (bio by: George Bacon)
Elizabeth Frances LeCrone Bacon (1924 - 1992)
Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Section C Grave 1199
Created by: George Bacon
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27323778