Sunday, September 25, 2022

Military Service: Brig. Gen. Isaac William Ott, WWII, USAF

Finding this information about my distant cousin is exciting & makes me proud to have a connection to such an outstanding man. 

Brig. Gen. Isaac William Ott

6 April 1903 MS – 7 March 1976 TX

Son of Albert E. Ott & Emma Cutrer

Work War II Veteran

 Isaac W Ott   Photo from


Brig. Gen Isaac William Ott (USAF Retired), an Osyka native and commander of the U. S. Air Force service command for the entire European Theatre from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, will be buried Tuesday afternoon in Osyka with military services. 


Gen. Ott died Sunday at the age of 72 in the Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, Tex.


The son of the late Albert Earnest and Emma Cutrer Ott, he was the recipient of many high awards for distinguished service during World War II. He also was cited by the University of Kentucky as one of its most outstanding alumni from 1865 to 1965. 


Gen. Ott, born April 6, 1903, attended public school in Osyka, Louisiana State University and was later graduated from the University of Kentucky. Following his college career, he enlisted in the Air Force as a cadet pilot at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Tex. He served several years as a flight officer stationed in Panama and at other posts.


After training in aviation engineering, Gen. Ott served at Brook Field, Kelly Field and England where he assumed the post of an assistant deputy commander of the Eighth Air Force service command with the rank of brigadier general. He later went on to command that theatre during World War II. 


Gen. Ott is survived by a brother, Albert E. Ott, Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Flint Wilson Sr., both of Osyka; two daughters, Mrs. Stewart Felvey of Brenham, Tex., and Mrs. David Scott of Edwards AFB, Calif., wife of astronaut David Scott who commanded the U. S. Apollo XV flight to the moon; seven grandchildren and numerous cousins.  


Funeral services are planned for 2:30 p. m. Tuesday from Hartman Chapel with graveside military services to follow in Osyka Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Col. Walter W. Ott, Nelson Tate Ott, Karl J. Ott, Jr., Col. David K. Scott, Bernard Williams, Flint Wilson, Jr. and William K. Anderson Jr.

Source: Military Rites Set for General. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 8 Mar 1976) 1; digital image, accessed May 2022.

Isaac William Ott on left; Walter Wesley Ott in center
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  1. Awesome achievement and career.

  2. An impressive ancestor to be proud of!

  3. I can understand your pride in your relative! Your genealogy chart is very well done.


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