David “D.O.” Williams



Preferred Name:
D.O.

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Date of Birth: February 20, 1925 (August 18, 2019)

Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Biography

Brigadier Generall David Overton “D.O.” Williams, Jr. served in the Army Air Corps in WWII with the 50th Fighter Group from 1939-1945. He was stationed in United States; Philippines; Okinawa Islands (Ryukyu Islands); Japan; Europe; and Africa.

From 1950-1953 D.O. was stationed in Korea flying the F-84E serving with the 111th Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing during the Korean War. He remembers “They shot at me a few times, dinged the aircraft, but didn’t hurt me.”

He also served during the Vietnam War from 1961-1975 serving with the 27th Fighter Wing and 8th Fighter Wing. Shot down a MiG in what he calls “a pretty good dogfight. There were 8 MiG 17’s and 2 MiG 21’s against 8 of us, so it was a good donnybrook.

We lost a lot of people [in Vietnam]. We lost them to SAM’s, triple A, and we lost a couple to MiG’s. That was in [my] fighter squadron itself, and we had 4 squadrons, with 25 planes in each squadron. We must have lost 10 or 12 on my watch.”

 

 

Units Assigned

  • 1943 Entered Aviation Cadets
  • Basic Training, Wichita Falls, TX
  • 9/1944 Pre-flight Training, San Antonio, TX
  • Flight Training, Ft Worth, TX
  • Primary Flight Training, Greenville, TX
  • 1944 Advanced Single-engine training, Victoria, TX (rec’d Wings)
  • P-40/P-47 Fighter Training, Harding Field, LA
  • P-47 Training, Winfield, KS
  • 7/1945 50th Fighter Squadron, CO to the Pacific when the Atom Bomb was dropped (P-47)
  • 12/1945 released from active military duty, went back to Texas A&M
  • 9/1946 Returned to active duty, Engineering School with US Army, Ft. Belvoir, VA
  • Topographical Studies with US Army in Philippines
  • US Army Air Corps became US Air Force, entered service
  • 51st Fighter Wing, Okinawa
  • 1948 Instructor Pilot, Scott AFB, IL
  • 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA (P-51, F-84E)
  • 1/1951-6/1951 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Itazuke AB, Japan (F-84E-23 missions)
  • 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Tegu, Korea (67 missions)
  • 3/1952 12th Fighter Wing, Bergstrom AFB, TX (F-84, F-84F)
  • 1955-1958 561st Fighter Squadron, Operations Officer/Squadron Commander, Bergstrom AFB, TX
  • 1958 27th Fighter Wing, Bergstrom AFB, TX (F-101 Voodoo)
  • 6/1959 Command and Staff School, Maxwell AFB
  • 1959 Ramstein AB, Germany (F-100)
  • Headquarters USAF- Europe, Operations Staff Officer, TAC EVAL, Wiesbaden, Germany (F-100)
  • 1962-1964 Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1964/1965 Da Nang AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1965-6/1966 Air War College, Maxwell AFB (Distinguished Graduate)
  • 6/1965-11/1967 4453d Combat Crew Training Wing, Commander, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (F-4)
  • 11/1967-5/1968 8th Fighter Wing, deputy commander/deputy commander of operations, Ubon AFB, Thailand (F-4)
  • 5/1968-9/1968 Headquarters 7th AF, Chief of the Attack Fighter Division under the deputy chief of staff, operations, Saigon
  • 9/968-3/1971 Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, chief of air operations under the assistant chief of staff, operations, Camp H.M. Smith, HI
  • 4/1971-4/1973 HQ USAF, Deputy director for operational test and evaluation, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations
  • 4/1973-6/1974 Pentagon, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center, Washington, DC
  • 6/1974-7/1976 Chief of staff, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command,  Republic of China, Taipei
  • 7/1/1976 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: 5,300 (most in jet fighter aircraft)

Flight Info

P-40
P-47
P-51
F-84 E/F
F-101
F-100
F-4

Military Education

1959 Command and Staff School, Maxwell AFB
1965-6/1966 Air War College, Maxwell AFB (Distinguished Graduate)

Civilian Education

  • 1942 Eagle Pass High School, TX
  • Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University)
  • University of Hawaii
  • 1970 BS/ Military Science, Chaminade College of Honolulu, HI

David Overton Williams Headed West on August 18, 2019. D.O. was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He flew fighter aircraft; P-40, P-47, F-84, F-101, F-10o, F-4, and F-15.

He was a Brigadier General who served in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as deputy director for operations at the National Military Command Center.

His last assignment was as chief of staff, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command, with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China where he remained until his retirement from the USAF in 1976.

Service for D.O. will be on Friday, Sept 6, at 10:00 a.m. at Cook-Walden on Anderson Mill Road. Interment will be the same day at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m.

Biography

Biography

Brigadier Generall David Overton “D.O.” Williams, Jr. served in the Army Air Corps in WWII with the 50th Fighter Group from 1939-1945. He was stationed in United States; Philippines; Okinawa Islands (Ryukyu Islands); Japan; Europe; and Africa.

From 1950-1953 D.O. was stationed in Korea flying the F-84E serving with the 111th Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing during the Korean War. He remembers “They shot at me a few times, dinged the aircraft, but didn’t hurt me.”

He also served during the Vietnam War from 1961-1975 serving with the 27th Fighter Wing and 8th Fighter Wing. Shot down a MiG in what he calls “a pretty good dogfight. There were 8 MiG 17’s and 2 MiG 21’s against 8 of us, so it was a good donnybrook.

We lost a lot of people [in Vietnam]. We lost them to SAM’s, triple A, and we lost a couple to MiG’s. That was in [my] fighter squadron itself, and we had 4 squadrons, with 25 planes in each squadron. We must have lost 10 or 12 on my watch.”

 

 

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1943 Entered Aviation Cadets
  • Basic Training, Wichita Falls, TX
  • 9/1944 Pre-flight Training, San Antonio, TX
  • Flight Training, Ft Worth, TX
  • Primary Flight Training, Greenville, TX
  • 1944 Advanced Single-engine training, Victoria, TX (rec’d Wings)
  • P-40/P-47 Fighter Training, Harding Field, LA
  • P-47 Training, Winfield, KS
  • 7/1945 50th Fighter Squadron, CO to the Pacific when the Atom Bomb was dropped (P-47)
  • 12/1945 released from active military duty, went back to Texas A&M
  • 9/1946 Returned to active duty, Engineering School with US Army, Ft. Belvoir, VA
  • Topographical Studies with US Army in Philippines
  • US Army Air Corps became US Air Force, entered service
  • 51st Fighter Wing, Okinawa
  • 1948 Instructor Pilot, Scott AFB, IL
  • 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA (P-51, F-84E)
  • 1/1951-6/1951 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Itazuke AB, Japan (F-84E-23 missions)
  • 111st Fighter Squadron/136th Fighter Wing, Tegu, Korea (67 missions)
  • 3/1952 12th Fighter Wing, Bergstrom AFB, TX (F-84, F-84F)
  • 1955-1958 561st Fighter Squadron, Operations Officer/Squadron Commander, Bergstrom AFB, TX
  • 1958 27th Fighter Wing, Bergstrom AFB, TX (F-101 Voodoo)
  • 6/1959 Command and Staff School, Maxwell AFB
  • 1959 Ramstein AB, Germany (F-100)
  • Headquarters USAF- Europe, Operations Staff Officer, TAC EVAL, Wiesbaden, Germany (F-100)
  • 1962-1964 Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1964/1965 Da Nang AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1965-6/1966 Air War College, Maxwell AFB (Distinguished Graduate)
  • 6/1965-11/1967 4453d Combat Crew Training Wing, Commander, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (F-4)
  • 11/1967-5/1968 8th Fighter Wing, deputy commander/deputy commander of operations, Ubon AFB, Thailand (F-4)
  • 5/1968-9/1968 Headquarters 7th AF, Chief of the Attack Fighter Division under the deputy chief of staff, operations, Saigon
  • 9/968-3/1971 Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, chief of air operations under the assistant chief of staff, operations, Camp H.M. Smith, HI
  • 4/1971-4/1973 HQ USAF, Deputy director for operational test and evaluation, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations
  • 4/1973-6/1974 Pentagon, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center, Washington, DC
  • 6/1974-7/1976 Chief of staff, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command,  Republic of China, Taipei
  • 7/1/1976 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: 5,300 (most in jet fighter aircraft)

Flight Info

P-40
P-47
P-51
F-84 E/F
F-101
F-100
F-4

Military Education

1959 Command and Staff School, Maxwell AFB
1965-6/1966 Air War College, Maxwell AFB (Distinguished Graduate)

Civilian Education

  • 1942 Eagle Pass High School, TX
  • Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University)
  • University of Hawaii
  • 1970 BS/ Military Science, Chaminade College of Honolulu, HI
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Headed West

David Overton Williams Headed West on August 18, 2019. D.O. was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He flew fighter aircraft; P-40, P-47, F-84, F-101, F-10o, F-4, and F-15.

He was a Brigadier General who served in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as deputy director for operations at the National Military Command Center.

His last assignment was as chief of staff, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command, with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China where he remained until his retirement from the USAF in 1976.

Service for D.O. will be on Friday, Sept 6, at 10:00 a.m. at Cook-Walden on Anderson Mill Road. Interment will be the same day at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m.