Wilbur Y. Pickett Retired from Air Force


Wilbur Yohn Pickett, who had retired as a chief master sergeant of the Air Force, died of cancer Jan. 14 at Brooke Army Medical Center near San Antonio. Mr. Pickett, who lived in Schertz, Texas, was 68.

Born in Woodbine, he was the son of Julia Yohn Pickett of Baltimore and the late George N. Pickett.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces at age 17 and during World War II served as a nose-gunner aboard a B-24 based in England. His crew completed more than 100 missions over Germany. He also served in Korea and was assigned to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces in intelligence for five years.

Mr. Pickett was a chief master sergeant with 30 years' service when he retired in 1971.

A memorial service was held last month at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. Mr. Pickett was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Pickett is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lila N. Pickett of Schertz; a daughter, Rosann Wright of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Irma Glass of Baltimore and Elizabeth Sell of Damascus; and a brother, Philip Pickett of Westminster.

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