Department of California Forming Under the Direction of Mike Glazzy
It was announced by President Lou Dechert, that Mike Glazzy, a long-time KWVA member, has accepted the challenge of forming a KWVA Department for the State of California. It is believed that California has the largest population of Korean War Veterans (over 400,000), with at least an equal number of Korea Service Veterans.
California has personal memories for virtually all veterans of Korean Service. Either they were shipped from the state or returned to California. Many were trained at Pendleton, Ft Irwin, Camps Robert and Cooke, or Ft Ord. Some were even stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco!
Mike’s military career took the zigzag course that many of us followed. He tried to join the Navy, having a fierce interest in electronics. But, after being rejected because of a vision problem, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, in 1948 After graduation, and time as an MP, Mike applied for and was accepted at Telephone School at Camp Pendleton, CA.
It was on a fateful night in June, 1950, at base communications, that Mike was one of the first in the country to learn of the invasion of South Korea. Mike applied and was accepted at The Great Lakes electronics school, and upon graduation, was assigned to the First Marine Aircraft Wing. This led to his assignment to Korea, as a radar technician at Pohang Korea, where he served from August 1951 to May 1952.
Mike was employed as an aerospace engineer after leaving the service, and retired from United Technologies in 1992. He first joined the KWVA (Santa Clara County Chapter 006) in 1989. He attended many events of the KWVA including the DC Memorial ground breaking ceremony, three return trips to Korea, many conventions including Reno/Sparks, St Louis, and last year’s convention in San Antonio. He has the drive and knowledge of the KWVA to be very effective in getting this job done.
There are currently 15 Chapters in the State that Mike will be busy coordinating with. However, the big prize is the nearly 1 Million people eligible for membership in the KWVA. This recruiting potential has enormous potential. We commend Mike and wish him the best.
Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-296-8282
Louis T Dechert