Byron K. Enyart – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Byron K. Enyart, 91, a retired Air Force colonel and lawyer, died June 10, 1998 at Arlington Hospital of heart ailments and complications related to a stomach aneurysm.

Colonel Enyart, a resident of Arlington, Virginia, was born in Indiana and lived on a farm there until 1917, when his family moved to Washington. He graduated from George Washington University, where he also received a law degree.

During the 1930s, he was a lawyer with the Interstate Commerce Commission.

He began his military career during World War II and served in Africa, Burma and China during the war. His postwar assignments included service as adjutant general of the Air Transport Command and duty as a plans and policy officer at the White House during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Later, he held NATO assignments in France, and he was director of administrative services at the Strategic Air Command in Omaha from 1958 until his Air Force retirement in 1962.

He returned to Arlington after retirement. He was a former president of the Lyon Park Citizens Association and president of the Sweet Sixteen senior citizen social group. He was editor of Aerospace Historian magazine and author of a book on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, “A Mile of Glory.”

His wife of 62 years, Ellice Throckmorton Enyart, died in 1989, and a daughter, Barbara Allen, died in 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Vermillion of Warrenton; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


On Wednesday, June 10, 1998, COL. BYRON K. ENYART, of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of the late Ellice T. Enyart; father of Bonnie Vermillion of Warrenton, VA and the late Barbara Allen; grandfather of Susan L. Allen of Maryland, David H. Allen of North Carolina, Caryn J. Rotruck of W. Virginia, Kimberly A. Wachtel of Texas, Michael Vermillion and Laura M. Vermillion, both of Warrenton, VA. Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

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