Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) George Henry Wahl of Georgetown, Texas passed away at the age of 82 at his home August 7, 2021. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was the oldest son of Helen Garvey and George Wahl, Sr. His younger brother, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) Robert Wahl, preceded him in death in 1997. George lived a life of service to others.
George grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1957. He attended Virginia Tech University graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and commissioned into the MSC of the US Army. Later, he earned an MBA from The American University in DC.
George entered Active-Duty October 1961 as an Army Paratrooper with the famed 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While there he met the "smartest and most beautiful woman in the world": Barbara (Babs) Ann Steltenkamp of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. After they were joined in marriage at Saint Thomas Catholic Church, they moved to Mainz, Germany where George served as a Company Commander and Battalion Ops Officer in the 8th Infantry Division. Over George's 30-year career in the US Army, he served with distinction in many Army command positions: Commander, 48th Medical Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; Executive Officer for the CINCPAC Surgeon in Hawaii; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training ("DCSOPS") for the Army's Medical Command and Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for the Army Medical Department Center and School. George also proudly served with distinction and valor in combat as a Senior Paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, from 1967 to 1968, earning two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Medical Badge.
After completing his military career in 1991, George embarked on a second career which included several government contract jobs. However, his favorite was being a Transition and Employment Assistance Counselor – helping soldiers transition from the U.S. Army to "Civilian Life."
For more than 19 years he worked as an (ACAP) counselor at various U.S. Army bases throughout the US, permanently retiring January 1, 2013.
George is survived by his wife, Babs; their 3 children, Laura Lamoureux (John), Brett Wahl (Sonia), and Jason Wahl (Jennifer); and 5 grandchildren: Christopher (Mikayla), Steven, Savannah, Daniel, and Christian.
A Rosary will be prayed at Holy Trinity Catholic church, 20523 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258 at 9:30 A.M. Monday September 20, 2021. A funeral mass will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic church directly following the Rosary. Inurnment, with full Military Honors, will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
Donations in George's memory, may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion Post 100, Sparta, Wisconsin, Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Andice, TX. Friends and guests are invited to leave a message or memory in the Memorial Guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com
May no Soldier go unloved.
May no Soldier walk alone.
May no Soldier go forgotten.
Until they all come Home.