April 6, 1919 - March 10, 2015
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95
Col M.D. Eberts, USAF (Ret), died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Santa Barbara, California to Catherine Clark Eberts and M. P. Eberts, he attended St. Joseph's Military Academy in Belmont, CA, and then Santa Barbara High School, followed by University of California at Santa Barbara.
Graduating from flight training class of 41-F, he flew airplanes to the RAF before the U.S. entered WWII. After serving in WWII he continued his flying career as a squadron commander at Travis AFB. His tours of duty included two tours at Hickam AFB, HI, one at Andrews AFB, MD, the Pentagon, Scott AFB, IL, and Wiesbaden, Germany, ending his thirty-year career in the USAF at Hamilton AFB, CA. During his Air Force career he flew over thirty different aircraft—fighters, transports and bombers—from P-51s to F-4s and C-47s to C-54s and B-25s to B-29s. Of note, he was one of the few Air Force aviators to fly a Consolidated PBY Catalina from coast to coast. Two years prior, at 94, he flew his last flight sortie in an experimental (RV-8) aircraft that resembled a P-51. We have lost a great American and Patriot.
As a second lieutenant stationed out of Long Beach, CA, transporting aircraft across the country and foreign destinations, he met his beautiful wife and love of his life Elizabeth, "Betty," Eberts at the beach. Col Eberts liked to tell the story of how as a result of Betty having many suitors, including several other pilots, he shifted the odds in his favor after he flew a P-38 low along the beach while she was standing on the pier. They married soon after. From then on the twin-engine fighter became his favorite plane to fly.
After initially retiring in California, he and his wife moved to Bluewater Bay, FL, to be closer to family. Col Eberts was an avid tennis player until he was nearly eighty-one, after which he still enjoyed taking long walks. During his final years, Col Eberts resided at Independence Hill, where he was known as an ardent and skilled pool player.
Col Eberts is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Betty. He is survived by his sons, Lt Col Randy Eberts, USAF (Ret) and his wife Suzanne, and Gerik Eberts.
Per his wishes, Col Eberts was cremated and his wife's ashes, which he held onto for 10 years, will be inurned with him at the columbarium at Fort Sam. His graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX 78209.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, 1134 Finfeather Rd., Bryan, TX 77803-3823.