Fletcher C Booker Jr.

July 5, 1920October 10, 2012

Lieutenant General Retired Fletcher C. Booker, Jr.

92, of Tequesta, Florida and Craigville, MA passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Hospice of Palm Beach County in Jupiter, Florida.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 5, 1920 to Mildred and Fletcher C. Booker Sr., who later settled in Wilkes Barre, PA. Mr. Booker began his military career at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He later attended Virginia Military Institute and after graduating in 1941 entered active service as a second Lieutenant.

During World War II, he served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was separated from the Army in 1946 as a Major in the field artillery. After serving in the Army Reserve, he was transferred to the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1948. During the Korean War, Major Booker served as an artillery advisor to the Republic of Korea Army.

Mr. Booker was appointed Executive Officer of the 109th Field Artillery Battalion in May of 1955. He served at that capacity until being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the 1st and 2nd battalions which made up the complete battalion. Later Mr. Booker was promoted to Brigadier General as assistant division commander of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division with headquarters in New York City.

In 1977, Brigadier General Booker was named Commanding General of the 28th Division and was subsequently promoted to Major General. General Booker became the first local man to head the famous Keystone Division which saw action in World Wars I and II, and was active in the Korean Conflict. Upon his retirement from the Guard, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the State of Pennsylvania.

During his military career, General Booker earned numerous medals and citations, including the Bronze Star, Korean Presidential Citation Medal, Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, and the New York Meritorious Medal.

In civilian life, General Booker was President of Booker Brothers Inc., a local Brokerage firm which was founded by his father in the late 1920’s, and was later sold to a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch. He was married to the former Val Jean Relph of Waverly, PA. and later to the former Helen Carter Hall of Danville, VA. He is survived by his son Fletcher, his daughter Sally, and Granddaughter Anne.

General Booker was the past president of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, president of the 109th Artillery Historical and War Museum Inc., director of the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and former president of the Penn Mountain Boy Scout Council. He was also a member of the Masons 33rd degree. He was a member of the Beach Club, Centerville, MA.

General Booker will be buried at a private ceremony in Dallas, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be at a later date.


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October 17, 2012

I was so sorry to hear that you lost your Dad. My most sincere sympathy to you and your family. I spent many happy hours with him on the Cape and in FL. I most admired the good care he took of his mother. We had so much fun dancing at The Colony in Palm beach and at Chatham bars Inn. He was the best dancer I have known. I have his portrait and he will forever be in my memory as a very happy time in my life. May God be with you in this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Justine

October 16, 2012

Dear Fletcher and Sally,
We wish to send your our sincerest condolences to you. Your father was a kind gentleman who served as one of my Board of Directors for many many years. I always had great admiration and respect for him. He was a wonderful person.
Warm Regards,
Seymour and Evelyn Holtzman
Jewelcor Companies

Dick Paul

October 15, 2012

I was saddened to learn of the passing of an old friend,Clem Booker. We enjoyed a wonderful relationship and friendship while members of the Wilkes-Baree Jaycees back in the late 40s and 50s. The last time I saw Clem when he was Major at Ft Sill, Olka. when we were both recalled during the Korean Conflict..he in the Army, me in the Air Force. When I left Wyoming Valley in 1960 we never agin connected but I did follow his career in the PA NG and was very proud to see and learn that he advanced to Lt. Gen upon his retirement. Clem was a fine fellow and I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. May the Lord comfort you as many will share your loss.

LTC Don Moore

October 14, 2012

Dear LTG Booker Family:
The Fork Union Military Academy staff and faculty would like to express our deepest condolences. LTG Booker was the epitome of our motto “Body, Mind, Spirit” and will forever be remembered as a true “Success Story." His character, values, and concern and respect for others are just a small part of why he was so cherished. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us. God Bless.

October 13, 2012

We were proud to have known the general. He was a great presence in Craigville. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Judy and John Troy - Craigville

October 12, 2012

Dear Children: I worked for your Dad for many years and never worked for a man of his culture before. He was every inch a gentleman and never really treated me like an employee. I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. He was indeed a great man. I mourn his loss. I thank God that I had the priviledge of working for him and knowing him and his Father and Mother. What a wonderful family.
Stella Falkowitz (Dallas, PA)

Joanne and Nelson Hartunian

October 12, 2012

Dear Fletcher, Sally, and Anne: We loved General Booker's energy! We watched as he took his daily summer time constitutional walk to the Village Green and how much he enjoyed sitting on his porch overlooking the Midway. He was always the "General" and on the 4th of July and Veteran's Day we passed his cottage which our deepest respect and gratitude for his role in securing the future of America for future generations. Our sincerest condolences.


October 12, 2012

Dear Anne, Sally and Fletcher,
I just heard of your Dad's passing from a friend on the Cape who knew of our connection. My deepest sympathies, what a wonderful Father and Grandfather you had. Longevity seems to run in the family.
My best to you all.

Tom Sheehy

October 12, 2012

Dear Fletcher and Sally,
We are sorry to hear of your father's death. He had a long and glorious life. He will be missed here in Craigville. He was a great neighbor and always a gentleman. Fletcher,we have been so impressed by how you have cared for him,especially these last nine or ten years. You were always there for him, compassionate and patient. It was heartwarming for us to watch and definitely comforting to him. May he rest in peace
All our best wishes,
Tom and Martha

Alice & Steve Brown

October 11, 2012

We shall miss the General's warm and friendly presence in Craigville. Our thoughts are with Fletcher, and his daughter and granddaughter.