US AIR FORCE WWII, KOREA, Viet Nam Section J Site 1455
Lt. General JAMMIE MENDAL PHILPOTT, born September 28, 1919 in Ashland, Oklahoma, son of Sharpe Washington and Bertha Jane Arella Dorough Philpott. He was grandson of Reuben Jasper and Julia Ann Morgan Philpott and Thomas and Sarah Frances Apperson Dorough.
General Philpott died January 18, 1999 at Virginia Beach, Virginia of complications of a broken hip. (Obituary from Washington Post January 27, 1999 Page B07 and The Virginia-Pilot January 21, 1999.) He was buried in Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia. Gen. Philpott's home was at the time of his death was 31076 Reynolds St. Taylor, Georgia. He attended Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1937, and Oklahoma State University before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1940. As a cadet, he was captain of the academy basketball team and all time letter winner in 1942-43., and 1943 men's tennis champion. He graduated from West point in 1943, a member of the first class to complete the curriculum requirements for graduation in three years. While at the academy, he earned his pilot wings, and after graduation he received four-engine transition training at Hendricks Field, Florida. He was assigned to the 594th Bombardment Squadron at Moses Lake, Washington as a pilot and in October 1943 moved the squadron to Drew Field, Florida. Shortly afterward he joined the 95th Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in England. During World War II, he flew 21 missions in Flying Fortresses over Europe, serving as wing lead combat pilot and squadron commander.
After World War II, General Philpott served on the operations staffs of the Second Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Eighth Air Force at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. He attended the Atomic Weapons School at Sandia Base, N.M. in 1948, and was later assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Group at Chatham air force Base, Georgia.
In August 1951 General Philpott became chief of the Deployment Branch, Combat Operations Division, Directorate of Operations, Second Air Force, Barksdale Air force Base, La. From April until October 1952 he was assigned to the Far East Air Forces at Yokota, Japan. Following this tour of duty, he returned to his former assignment at Second Air Force Headquarters.
His next assignment was to the 305th bombardment Wing at MacDill Air force Base, Florida in May 1956, where he served successively as B-47 pilot, squadron commander, and wing director of operations. General Philpott was transferred to headquarters Strategic Air command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska in April 1958 as chief of the missions branch, Operations Plans Division, Directorate of Operations; in September 1958 he became chief of the Target Analysis Division of the Directorate of Intelligence, and in September 1960 was assigned duty as chief, National Stragic Target List Division of the Joint Strategic Target Planning staff. In June 1964 General Philpott became SAC deputy director of intelligence and in August he was named director of intelligence.
In July 1966 he was assigned to the Pacific Air forces as deputy chief for intelligence for the Seventh Air Force in the Republic of Viet Nam. Upon his return to the united States in January 1968, he became deputy assistant chief of staff, Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and in May 1969 he was named assistant chief of staff, Intelligence. The following November General Philpott became deputy director Defense Intelligence Agency. He assumed duties as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe vice commander in chief in September 1972., with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany.
A command pilot, his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. General Philpott is listed in Who's Who in Government. First edition 1972, Who's Who in America. 38th edition 1974-1975, and 39th edition 1976-1977. He retired from the Air Force in 1973.
Gen. Philpott was married to the former LUCY L. BRYAN of Reynolds, Georgia. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, LOUISA ENRIGHT of Falls Church, Virginia., SUSAN HEATH of Virginia Beach, Va., and JAMIE HOWSER of Marietta, Georgia; a son, JONATHAN PHILPOTT, M.D., of Greenville, North Carolina; nine granddaughters; two grandsons; and a sister, JEAN SPITZER of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a Presbyterian and served as an elder.
Lucy Bryan Philpott
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