McGlasson, Wilford

State: KS

Units: Associate Editor, National Guard Magazine, NGAUS


Years Of Service:

Mac served during WWII, most notably as a MP platoon commander during the Allies advance through France and Germany in late 1944. He also served with the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard in Korea in 1950. After returning home from Korea, Mac began a writing career which spanned several decades. From 1952 to 1958, he was a managing editor for several weekly and daily newspapers in and around the Los Angeles area. In 1958, he moved east to accept an editoral position with the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) on Capitol Hill. At the same time he joined the District of Columbia National Guard as an MP Officer. While raising a young family of four in Falls Church, VA, Mac served as associate editor for the National Guard Association (NGAUS), then as an executive assistant to the Army National Guard. Among his many notable assignments, Mac covered Air National Guard combat operations in South Vietnam during the summer of 1968. He was promoted to Colonel just prior to his retirement in 1979. During retirement, Mac continued doing research and writing historical pieces for the National Guard Magazine. Mac is remembered as an avid writer who loved sailing and storytelling, and had a quick wit and sense of humor that never let up, even in his final days. He spent the majority of his retirement years sailing in and around his places of residence in Clearwater and Vero Beach, FL, before relocating to Virginia early in 2004. Mac is survived by his four children, Dan McGlasson, Katie Johnson, Jon McGlasson and Dean McGlasson; his sister, Wanda; three grand- children, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.After his passing on December 7, 2004 his family would appreciate donations in his honor to be made to the National Guard Educational Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.