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27 June 2005








General Billy M. Minter dies: commanded U.S., Allied air forces in Europe

Billy M. Minter, 78, a fighter pilot and four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Commander, Allied Forces Central Europe, died June 6, 2005, of coronary artery disease at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

General Minter, who lived in Warrenton, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended Oklahoma University in Norman. In 1961, he graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and in 1968 was graduated with distinction from the Air War College.

He received his pilot wings and commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1949. For the next two decades, he served as a command pilot, accruing 5,600 flying hours in jet fighters and interceptors in assignments that reached from Johnson Air Base in Japan to Hah Air Base in Germany. During the Vietnam War, he flew 106 combat missions and commanded the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Takhli Royal Air Force Base, Thailand.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marion Minter of Warrenton; five children, Mark H. Minter of Leadville, Colorado, Stephen L. Minter of Tucson, Arizona, Patricia Minter-Powell of Watertown, New York, Lisa M. Minter of Southampton, Massachusetts, and Lori J. Minter of Williamsburg, Virginia; and 11 grandchildren.

Also surviving is one brother, Robert W. Minter of Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 9 am Tuesday, June 28, 2005, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington Arlington County
Virginia, USA

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