Retired. Died Jan. 2, 1991.
John Mauurice Weikert was born in McKnightstown, Pa., in l898. He served in the Army in an enlisted status from October to December l918. The following June he entered the U.S. Military Academy from which he graduated and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Service in June 1923.
The following year General Weikert graduated from the Air Service primary and advanced flying schools at Brooks and at Kelly fields in Texas, and in September 1925 completed the photographic course at the Air Service Technical School at Chanute Field, Ill. A month later he returned to Kelly Field as an instructor at the advanced flying school. In September 1926 he was ordered to Luke Field, Hawaii, where he served as adjutant, mess and supply officer of the Sixth Pursuit Squadron and later moved with that squadron to Schofield Barracks.
General Weikert, in November 1929, was assigned to the Air Corps Technical School at Chanute Field as senior instructor and assistant director in the Department of Photography. A year later he became an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at the U.S. Military Academy. He entered the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala., in August 1934 and completed the course in June 1935. He then was assigned to command a flying cadet detachment at Randolph Field, Texas.
In August 1936 General Weikert entered the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., graduated in June 1937 and resumed duty as an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at the U.S. Military Academy. In February 1939 he assumed command of Stewart Field, N.Y., in addition to his duties as instructor. In July l940 he relinquished his duties as instructor of philosophy to become senior instructor of Air Corps tactics. The following January he was assigned to six months duty as air base commander at West Point, at the same time performing his duties as commanding officer of Stewart Field.
General Weikert, in July 1943, was assigned to the Joint Planning Staff with the commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Central Pacific Area. A year later he became commanding officer of the Seventh Fighter Wing in the South Pacific.
In May 1946 General Weikert was assigned to Air Materiel Command headquarters at Wright Field, Ohio, and two months later was designated assistant deputy commanding general for materiel. In May l947 he was named commanding general of the Mobile, Ala., Air Materiel Area.
General Weikert was transferred to Tokyo, Japan in December 1947 and the following month was appointed chief of staff of the Far East Air Forces there. In August 1950 he was appointed deputy commandant of the National War College at Washington, D.C.
In June 1952 General Weikert was named assistant deputy chief of staff for operations at Air Force headquarters.
General Weikert has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and aircraft observer.