Retired Lt. Gen. Walter L. Weible, 83, president emeritus of the Association of the United States Army and a former deputy chief of staff for personnel of the Army, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
Although he was a coast artillery officer by training, much of Gen. Weible's career was in logistics and personnel. In 1939, he was assigned to the operations and training section of the Army general staff in the old War Department. In 1942, he was named deputy director of training for the newly organized Army Service Forces, which was responsible for supplying American troops throughout the world. He later was promoted to director of training in the Service Forces.
In 1945, he was sent to the Philippines and put in charge of logistics for the U.S. forces who were preparing for the invasion of Japan. He served in Japan during the early days of the American occupation there.
After several assignments in the United States, Gen. Weible returned to Japan as commanding general of the headquarters and service group of the Far East Command. When the Korean conflict broke out in 1950, he took charge of supplying American troops in Korea from his headquarters in Japan. In 1952, he was transferred to Paris as chief of logistics for NATO.
In 1953, Gen. Weible was named deputy chief of staff for the Army for operations and administration in the Pentagon. In 1956, he took over as deputy chief of staff for personnel and retired a year later.
After leaving the Army, he became executive vice president of the Association of the United States Army. Upon his retirement in 1966, he was named president-emeritus of that organization.
Gen. Weible was born in Waterbury, Conn.He graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and enlisted in the Army in 1917 when the United States entered World War I. He was commissioned a year later and made the Army his career.
His decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.
He was a member of the American Military Institute, the Army and Navy Club, the Columbia Country Club, the Military Order of the Carabao, the National Rifle Association and other groups.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel B., of Rockville, where the family lives; a daughter, Geraldine W. Eisenhauer of Orlando, Fla., one brother, Carl, of Cranston, R.I., and one grandson.