U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Walter Julian "Bud" Bacon II, 79, 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. Bud was proud to be a descendant on his father's side of Col. David Henley, Revolutionary War officer and George Washington's emissary to the East Tennessee region during Tennessee's quest for statehood; on his mother's side he descended from Knoxville pioneer Francis Alexander Ramsey, builder of Ramsey House. His grandfather, Dr. John M. Kennedy, married Maria Laura Ramsey, daughter of Dr. F. A. Ramsey, the last child born in Ramsey House. His maternal grandfather and great grandfather, both Civil War veterans, were presidents of the Knox County Medical Association. BGen Bacon graduated from Knoxville High School, attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1951. He obtained his masters degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. BGen 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. BGen Bacon flew fighter aircraft in the Korean and Vietnam wars. His 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.
General Bacon is survived by his second wife, Joyce Phelan Bacon; children, George (Chip) Bacon of Cedaredge, Colorado, Timothy Crosby of Fruita, 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; brother and sister-in-law, John Parshall Bacon, Jr. and Jan Bacon of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Services were held on Friday at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery 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.
Bio by: George Bacon