George Hanscom “Hank” Wilson, 88, a Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve, died of ischemic heart disease February 11, 2007 at The Virginian retirement community in Fairfax, Virginia.
General Wilson served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, then owned an insurance company in Macon, Georgia. He served in the Air Force Reserve from 1958 to 1973, and his unit was mobilized twice. When he retired, he was the longest-serving wing commander in the Air Force.
He was born in Booneville, Mississippi, and attended Davidson College until enlisting in the Army Air Forces. He was a pilot instructor at Maxwell Field in Alabama and also flew B-29s at Tinian in the Pacific theater. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after working as deputy inspector for operations in Guam.
After operating his insurance company for 12 years, he returned to the Reserve. When he retired in 1973, he was working full time as base commander of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia and wing commander of the 403rd Tactical Airlift Wing. Among his military awards were the Legion of Merit and a Meritorious Service medal.
General Wilson and his wife traveled around the United States in a motor home for several months, then shipped it to Europe and drove it there for two years. Upon their return, they lived for eight years in Marietta, Georgia. In 1983, they moved to The Virginian.
General Wilson was a past president of the residents' association there and was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax. He also enjoyed photography and staged slide shows for civic and garden clubs in Northern Virginia.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alma Tucker Wilson of Fairfax; a daughter, Sherry Wilson Brown of Alexandria; a sister; and a brother.
GEORGE H. WILSON “HANK” (Age 88)
BRIG. GEN. USAF RES. (Ret.)
Passed away February, 11, 2007, at The Virginian in Fairfax, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Alma Tuck Wilson; daughter Sherry Wilson Brown of Alexandria, Virginia; sister Lucia Jane Wilson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; brother William R. Wilson of Delray Beach, Florida; sister in-law, Lucile Wilson of Kissimmee, Florida; several nieces; nephews and many close friends. A memorial services will be held at a later date at The Virginian. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1804 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virignia 22301.
WILSON, GEORGE H
BGEN US AIR FORCE
- DATE OF BIRTH: 02/28/1918
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/11/2007
- BURIED AT: SECTION 8-T ROW 12 SITE 3
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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