Retired Air Force master sergeant Eugene E. Bishop, 75, whose 39 years of service included 13 years on the crew of Air Force One before he retired in 1959, died of cancer May 21 at a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital.
Sgt. Bishop, a native of Pennsylvania, joined the Army in 1920 and held a number of posts in this area, including guarding both the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the White House.
He also was head of the honor guard detail in the burial of flag-rank officers at Arlington Cemetery for a time.
"I buried enough brass," he once tol a newspaper, "to sink a battleship."
Sgt. Bishop joined the crew of President Harry S. Truman's plane, "The Sacred Cow" in 1946. He helped supervise security and protocol arrangements aboard the craft. He stayed on in the same capacity on President Eisenhower's Air Force One.
After leaving the Air Force he worked for about eight years as a security adviser for the Federal Reserve Board here before moving to Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of the home in Jupiter, Fla.; a son, Eugene E. Jr., of Charlottesville; a daughter, Sandra Lynn Keaton, of Springfield, Va.; two sisters, Mary Swartz, of Hershey, Pa., and Bertha Peters, of Emlyra, Pa.; his mother Agnes Sadler, of Hershey, and five grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.