Died January 21,2005
Brigadier General Hamilton B. Webb is the command surgeon, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He advises the TAC commander on health and sanitation matters, administers and supervises the command medical service.
General Webb was born in New York City in 1914. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1931; received his bachelor of science degree from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., in 1935; and his doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1939. He interned at Bellevue and Lenox Hill hospitals, New York City, 1939-1940, and performed a year's residency in medicine at the Lenox Hill Hospital in 1941. In 1942 he pursued postdoctoral studies at the New York University School of Medicine, Department of Therapeutics.
General Webb was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in October 1942 and assigned to Bolling Army Air Field, Washington, D.C., as cardiologist and attending surgeon. In 1944 he studied at the U.S. Army Air Forces School of Aviation Medicine. From there he was assigned in November 1944 as base surgeon at Recife, Brazil, in the South Atlantic Command. In March 1946 he was released from active military duty and practiced general medicine in the Cheyenne, Wyo., area. He became a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard as surgeon of the 187th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Cheyenne.
General Webb returned to active duty in July 1948 again at Bolling Air Force Base where he was base flight surgeon, military hospital commander, and then surgeon, Headquarters Command. In July 1951 he was assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, where he remained for the next four years. During that period, he attended the U.S. Navy School of Preventive Medicine, 1954, and the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, 1955, receiving certification in the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aviation Medicine.
From July 1955 to July 1958 General Webb served as command surgeon of the Caribbean Air Command, Panama. The next two years he was chief, aviation medicine, and director, medical operations, at the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph and Brooks Air Force Bases, Texas.
In August 1960 General Webb joined the Air Defense Command as commander and surgeon of the 551st U.S. Air Force Hospital, and the Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. In October 1962 he was assigned to the 29th Air Division at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo. During that period he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical School, lecturing in aerospace medicine and physiology.
In January 1965 General Webb again was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and became deputy director, plans and hospitalization, in the Office of the Surgeon General. In October 1966 he was assigned as assistant for plans and operations and later as assistant for professional services, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health and Medical).
General Webb went to the Republic of Vietnam in January 1970 as surgeon of Headquarters Seventh Air Force at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. He assumed his present position of command surgeon, Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., in August 1970.
His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon. He is a chief flight surgeon, certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; and Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.
General Webb's hometown is Cheyenne, Wyo.
He was promoted to the temporary grade of brigadier general effective Feb. 6, 1970, with date of rank Jan. 22, 1970.
(Current as of Oct. 15, 1970)