Retired Air Force Gen. Otto P. (Opie) Weyland, 77, a combat veteran of two wars who later served for five years as head of the Tactical Air Command died Sunday at Wilford Hall Air Force Hospital in San Antonio, Tex., after a stroke.
Gen. Weyland's XIX Tactical Air Command provided the air support for Gen. George S. Patton Jr.,'s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II. Gen. Weyland received the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work. By the end of the war he was commander of the 9th Air Force.
Before the Korean conflict, he served as assistant commandant of the Command and General Staff School, deputy commandant of the National War College, and director of Air Force plans and operations.
In June 1951 Gen. Weyland became commander of the Far East Air Forces and head of United Nations air forces. During the Korean conflict, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after personally leading an unescorted bomber formation against North Korean targets while facing enemy fighters and antiaircraft defenses. His other decorations from that war include the Silver Star and a second Distinguished Service Medal.
He remained in the Far East for the remainder of the war. He assumed command of the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia in May 1954 and retired from the service in 1959.
Gen. Weyland was a native of Riverside, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, and was a 1939 graduate of the Command and General Staff School. Before World War II, he had served as assistant to the chief of the aviation division of the National Guard Bureau in Washington.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary K. Tabler of Vienna, and three grandchildren.