Retired April 30, 1959. Died Jan. 16, 1980.
Walter Robertson Agee was born in Silver City, N.M., in 1905. In 1923 he graduated from New Mexico State Teachers College High School in Silver City and in 1925 graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Roswell, N.M.
Entering Flying school in Texas, he was commissioned at Kelly Field, Texas in 1928. Today he is a command pilot, a celestial navigator, and a combat observer with close to 6,000 flying hours.
Second Lieutenant Agee's early assignments included Armament Officers School and Navigation School. Later he served in various squadron assignments in Texas, Virginia, California, and the Philippines, and prior to World War II served as a flight commander and squadron commander in Hickam Field, Hawaii.
Graduating from the Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Ala., in 1940, Captain Agee served as a Group S-4, 7th Bomb Group at Hamilton Field, Calif., and moved with the Group to Fort Douglas, Utah. He then was wing executive Officer, 20th Bomb Wing (Heavy) at Fort Douglas and moved from there to Fort George Wright, Wash., where he became executive and operations officer for the II Bomber Command. In 1942 he became assistant chief of staff operations, then the deputy chief of staff of the Headquarters 2nd Air Force in Spokane, Wash., and later the commander of the 16th Bomb Operational Training Wing, El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz. In the fall of 1943 Colonel Agee became chief tactical inspector, Headquarters 2nd Air Force at Colorado Springs, Colo., and subsequently air inspector, Headquarters 3rd Air Force, Tampa, Fla.
After serving as the commander of the 89th Combat Crew Training Wing in Tampa, Fla., he became the deputy assistant chief of staff, A-3 of Headquarters U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces, Guam, and later became the deputy chief of staff, Headquarters Pacific Air Command, U.S. Army (Rear) on Guam.
While on Guam, General Agee was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. The citation for the Legion of Merit read in part, "During this critical period of transition from war to peace the problems of readjustment of personnel, of training, and re-training personnel, and the regrouping elements of the command to meet its new mission were matters of the greatest urgency and importance. General Agee, because of his broad experience in administration and training, was able to relieve both the assistant chief of staff, A-3, and the chief of staff of a large share of their responsibilities and thereby allow them to devote their efforts to the solution of the new problems facing the command."
The Bronze Star Medal citation read in part, "Brigadier General Agee entered Headquarters, U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces at a crucial period in the war against Japan. It was a period which required strong direction and clear-cut action. He worked day and night to coordinate the efforts of the A-3 divisions of Headquarters, USASTAF, and assumed the great burden of the myriad details that arose and thus enabled the assistant chief of staff A-3 to concentrate on broad policies."
After serving as chief of staff for the 5th Air Force in Japan in 1946-47, he became chief of the Air Counter Intelligence Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. After various intelligence assignments in Washington he became commander of the 39 Air Depot Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska in 1951, and later became the deputy commander of Alaskan Air Command.
In 1955, Major General Agee became vice commander of the Headquarters Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C. and in January 1956, became commander of this organization, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
Graduate of New Mexico State College High School, Silver City, N.M., 1923
Graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., 1925
Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas 1928
Armament Officers School, Chanute Field, Ill., 1932
Navigation School, Rockwell Field, 1935, San Diego, Calif.
Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Ala., 1940
Manpower Management Course, Georgetown University, 1954
Hobbies; Sports; Diversions; Habits
Collects gadgets, i.e. sports, electrical and household
Civic and Religious Activities
National Commander of Civil Air Patrol
Opinions, Tastes and Evaluations:
Preferences as to food, clothing, housing
Prefers highly seasoned Mexican and Italian foods
Prefers gray and brown in civilian dress
Tastes in reading, music, art, travel, climate, scenery, etc.
Reading - History and Autobiography
Music - Classical
Travel - Enjoys traveling in the United States and all foreign free nations
Climate - Prefers cool summers and cold winters
Scenery - Either mountains or seashore
Personal epigrams, mottoes, expressions, etc.
"In all your actions remember you must live with yourself."
Points or qualities emphasized or demanded in dealing with others
Stresses accuracy, loyalty and sincerity in all relationship
Hardships or difficulties overcome; outstanding characteristics
Does not tolerate insincerity, premature judgment, slipshod work; is skeptical of a glib tongue, shortcuts, cure-alls, easy solutions, etc.
Evaluations or comments by friends or associates:
"He is an expert in bringing harmony and uniformity out of chaos."
Oct 1927-Oct 1928 - Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas
Nov 1928-Aug 1929 - Squadron duties, 96th Bomb Squad, 2nd Bomb Group, Langley Field, Va.
Sep 1929-Jun 1930 - Company Officers Course, Air Corps Tactical School, Langley, Va.
Jul 1930-Jul 1931 - Flight Instructor, Kelly Field, Texas
Aug 1931-May 1932 - Armament School, Chanute Field, Ill.
Nov 1934-Aug 1936 - Flight Commander and squadron duties, 11th Bomb Sq, 7th Bomb Group and 88th Recon Sq, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Aug 1936-Dec 1936 - Assistant Group Operations Officer and Navigation Officer, Hq 7th Bomb Group, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Dec 1936-Feb 1938 - Flight Commander and Sq Operations Officer, 11th Bomb Squad, 7th Bomb Group and Group Navigation Officer, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Feb 1938-Jan 1939 - Flight Commander, 31st Bomb Squad, Hickam Field, Hawaii
Jan 1939-Apr 1940 - Squad Commander, 31st Bomb Squad, Hickam Field, Hawaii
April 1940-Jul 1940 - Student Air Corps Tactical School ,Maxwell Field, Ala.
Jul 1940-Mar 1941 - Group S-4, 7th Bomb Group, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Mar 1941-Oct 1941 - Wing Executive Officer, 20 Bomb Wing (H), Fort Douglas, Utah
Oct 1941-Dec 1941 - A-3 and Executive Officer, II Bomber Command, Spokane, Wash.
Dec 1941-May 1942 - Assistant A-3 and Executive Officer, II Bomber Command, Hq 2nd Air Force, Spokane, Wash.
May 1942-Nov 1942 - Assistant Chief of Staff, A-3, Hq 2nd Air Force Spokane, Wash.
Nov 1942-May 1943 - Deputy Chief of Staff, Hq 2nd Air Force, Spokane, Wash.
May 1943-Oct 1943 - Commander, 16th Bomb Operational Training Wing, El Paso, Texas and Tucson, Ariz.
Oct 1943-Dec 1943 - Chief Tactical Inspector, Hq 2nd Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dec 1943-Jul 1944 - Air Inspector, Hq 3rd Air Force, Tampa, Fla.
Jul 1944-Jul 1945 - Commander, 89th Combat Crew Training Wing, Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.
Aug 1945-Oct 1945 - Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, A-3, Hq United States Army Strategic Air Forces, Guam
Oct 1945- Dec 1945 - Deputy Chief of Staff, Hq U. S. Army Strategic Air Forces, Guam
Dec 1945-Jan 1946 - Deputy Chief of Staff, Hq PACUSA (Rear), Guam
Jan 1946-Sep 1947 - Chief of Staff, 5th Air Force, Japan
Sep 1947-May 1948 - Chief, Air Counter Intelligence Division, Hq USAF, Washington, D.C.
May 1948-Mar 1950 - Chief, Air Intelligence Requirements Division, Hq USAF, Washington D.C.
Mar 1950-Jan 1951 - Chief, Collection Division, Hq USAF, Washington D.C.
Jan 1951-Oct 1952 - Commander, 39th Air Depot Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Oct 1952-Nov 1952 - Deputy Commander, Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Nov 1952-Feb 1953 - Acting Commander, Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Feb 1953-Mar 1953 - Deputy Commander, Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Mar 1953-Aug 1953 - Special Assistant to the Commander, Technical Training Air Force, Gulfport, Miss.
Aug 1953-Aug 1955 - Commander, 320th Technical Training Wing, Amarillo Air Force Base Texas
Aug 1955-Jan 1956 - Vice Commander, Hq CAP-USAF, Bolling AFB, D.C.
Jan 1956 to present - Commander, Hq CAP-USAF, Bolling AFB, D.C.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Occupation Medal - Japan
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Longevity Service Award with six oak leaf clusters