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April 13, 2012
I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet the General. His (step)father was the son of my Great Aunt Ella. Like his brother Dudley, I was born in MT, joined & retired from the AF. Best wishes to the family of an amazing and well loved man.
May 07, 2011
I loved reading General Watkins' obituary and the messages left by his friends and admirers. I only recently came to know of General Watkins, but he and my Dad, William C. Harvin III were first cousins. Because of life's circumstances I doubt they knew each other. My Dad was also a pilot, in the Navy, in WW II, and then he had a distinguished career as a lawyer and civic leader in Houston. He died in 2007. My middle name is Tarleton, and I only discovered the family significance of that name as I started doing some genealogical research. Best wishes,
January 15, 2010
I never got the privelege of meeting Brigadier General Watkins, but from all that I have read about him, he was indeed one of our heros. He must have been quite a man, because when his daughter Sarah, spoke of him, it was with such pride and joy! May he rest in peace . With sympathy in your loss of such a wonderful man, Mardi Swisshelm
January 15, 2010
I never got the privelege of meeting Brigadier General Watkins, but from all that I have read about him, he was indeed one of our heros. He must have been quite a man, because when his daughter Sarah, spoke of him, it was with such pride and joy! May he rest in peace . With sympathy in your loss of such a wonderful man, Mardi Swisshelm
January 15, 2010
Woody,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and T.
Sincerely,
Kevin Brown
January 12, 2010
I am Uncle Jack's God Son. T and Woody, please stay at my home when you need to visit Arlington. Telephone me at 301-648-7278 or email me tvjohn@comcast.net. I also have room for my parents Everett and Joan. Growing up with Uncle Jack as my God Father was a great joy and honor that I gratefully remember for the rest of my life. Smiling Jack was always "Aces High" with everyone who ever knew him. He always saw something special in me that I never understood, until I realized that he always saw something special in everyone. The eyes of Texas are upon us! From Kelly Field to Travis to Washington, D.C. and Langley, I have fondest memories of Aunt Sally, Uncle Jack, Woody, T and Buttons.
January 04, 2010
General Jack Watkins and I met in the Army Air Corp in 1959 and became great friends for more than 50 years. We flew many times in C-54's during the early 60's throughout Africa and Europe. He was always fun to fly with and cool as a cucumber. Will truly miss our telephone conversations and his friendship. Look forward to seeing him again in the Great Hangar in the Sky. My heartfelt condolences to Woody, T and all of Jack's family.
January 04, 2010
Your father had an incredible life, Woody. You are doing him proud with yours! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
January 02, 2010
Dear Woody, T, and all family members,

What a long and wonderful life your dad had. I'm sure he was so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Our thoughts and love are with you at this time.
Marsha and family
January 02, 2010
To dear uncle Jack, it was an honour to have known you for the past 34 years. Meeting you and aunt Sally in Durban South Africa in 1975 as a 14 year old South African was special but getting to know you during our visits to San Diego will always remain very special to Annie and I. You were a father to me and I thank you for that. To Woody and T, you are in our thoughts during this very sad time. Uncle Jack, rest well in the hangar in the sky. All our love, Shaun and Annie, Cape Town, South Africa.
January 01, 2010
To Us General Wakins has always been Woody and T's Dad...
Our fondest memory of your Dad (and Mom) was when they lived in Oakwood in San Diego and always invited all of your friends to come over for home cooked meals...
Thank you so much Woody for being such a wonderful friend for so many years...
Love, Karen & Larry
January 01, 2010
Woody, Your father certainly led a full life with a wonderful family and so many accomplishments. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Marie
January 01, 2010
Dear Woody,
Your father has always had many reasons to be proud of you.
Most of all he loved you for yourself.
Thank you for being my friend.
Love, Diane
January 01, 2010
It was an honor to have served in the 10th TCS, Dreux France, 60th TCW Wing in the 322nd ADIV which he commanded. He was an exceptional leader in a very dificult time. A firm, but always fair Leader. He was admired by all.
January 01, 2010
I had the honor to serve as a new pilot in Gen. Watkins' 1708th Wing from 1955 to 1958.

It was a pleasure to see him again at the Evreux reunion in 2006 here in San Diego.

He was the most admired leader by his people that I encountered during my Air Force career.

God's Speed.
December 31, 2009
Uncle Jack was my very favorite. Tee and I have wonderful memories of growing up in France, knowing Uncle Jack was always watching and sometimes even caught us and made us pay our dues. My daddy, Colonel Victor Nunenkamp, sends the Watkins family his love and will always remember fondly the warm friendship we shared.
Vic & Vicki-
December 31, 2009
It was my privilege to have served under General Watkins when he was Commander of 322 ADIV at Evreux, France, and to have flown missions with him. He provided outstanding service to his country and is remembered by many for his leadership. I am honored to have known him.
December 31, 2009
I never had the pleasure of meeting this exceptionally accomplished and giving man, but just reading his bio makes one want to do more to give back in life. This also helps explain the unfailing kindness and integrity that is carried on by his daughter Woody (Sarah). Godspeed to the General and to his remaining family members.
December 31, 2009
I had the great and memorable pleasure of getting kicked out of the left seat, "Joe, out of there" by the General when he boarded our C-130 and decided he wanted to fly a particular mission. He was great for remembering names (even of Lts.)and later on that mission he once again remembered mine, "Joe, get my hat." The rest of the story is too long for here. He was as fair and admired a commander as ever put on the uniform and I will keep him in my prayers forever.
December 31, 2009
A man of substance, early in my career I served under his command at Evreux, he led by example. John B. Schmidt, Carlsbad, CA
December 30, 2009
I am in awe at the amount of time and dedication Brig. General Watkins has proudly done for our country to keep us free and safe! It is an honor to read about his life! His daughter, Woody, and family must be so PROUD! May God hold him in His loving arms for all eternity. It is his time to rest and I will keep him in my daily prayers and all of you who cherish his memory! God Bless!
A Friend of Woody,
Carol Behling, Torrance, California
December 30, 2009
What an incredible career, a true hero!! I thank your Dad and all our brave military men who defend our freedoms and make this great country what it is. They are truly an inspiration to us all. When I visit my Dad's grave at Arlington, I will pay my respects to General Watkins. God Love the Fighter Pilots!!!
Nancy Van Huss
December 30, 2009
Your dad served our country with great honor. What an accomplished, valiant, courageous life and an inspiration to all of us today. Our love to his wonderful family. Elizabeth Porterfield and Eric Kalisky
December 30, 2009
I served under the General's command at Evreux and at the AF AGOS at Hurlburt AFB, FL. At Evreux, I was a member of his daily briefing team and learned early on NOT to stray from the subject being briefed. He was a good Commander. God's Speed, General! Happy Landings!
December 30, 2009
I'll always remember Gen. Watkins as as a Wonderful Father to my dearest Friend, Woody. She simply adored this inspiring, intelligent and gentle man. I was honored that she shared him with me and my Family. He was Loved.
Jo
December 30, 2009
It was an honor to have served with B/Gen. 'Jack' Watlins when he was the 322nd ADIV Commander.
He was a real Gentleman who led by example.

Another of the Greatest Generation has passed.

God Speed, Sir. Rest in Peace.

Charlie
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