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Walter E. Webb III, Major General, USAF (Retired)August 18, 1938 – February 07, 1998
Major General Walter E. Webb III passed away on February 07, 1998. General Webb was born August 18, 1938, in St. Louis, where he graduated from Ritenour High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina in 1960 and a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University in 1976. The general was a distinguished graduate of the Air War College in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, daughter Stephane and granddaughter Katie Snell.
Webb had an extraordinary 31 year career in the United States Air Force. A command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours, Webb earned scores of decorations, honors and awards. His contributions to the national security of our country are remarkable.
During his illustrious career, Webb received numerous honors, including two Distinguished flying Cross Awards. The prestigious award was established in 1926 and is for “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The performance of the act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty and must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to set the individual apart from his/her comrades” The first recipient of the honor was Charles A. Lindbergh; later recipients included Orville and Wilbur Wright. Webb also received the Legion of Merit Award, an honor for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding service in the United States.”
Commissioned as a second lieutenant, Webb entered active duty in 1960. His military career then took him across the United States and then around the world. He was promoted to Major General on August 1, 1988.
Webb retired in 1991 after serving as director of operations in the Defense Nuclear Agency in Washington D.C. In retirement, Webb continued to serve his community by working with First Command Financial Services, helping widows and children of servicemen who were facing insurmountable financial problems.