|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1916|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2012|
San Luis Obispo County
Born in the back room of the family country store, Glenn Muggelberg grew up in Detroit, Michigan, graduating from high school in 1934. That year he joined the Michigan National Guard as a Private. During the Great Depression, he held a variety of jobs before securing a night job at an automobile plant. This allowed him to enroll at Wayne State University. Study at the university ended in his third year when the Michigan National Guard was called to active duty in 1940. Second Lieutenant Muggelberg did not know at the time that he had thirty-eight years of military service ahead of him. He served with the 125th Infantry during World War II and the Eighth Army during the occupation of Japan. Lieutenant-Colonel Muggelberg became Regular Army in 1946. He attended, then became an instructor for three years at, the Command and General Staff College. He was the commander for the partisans in Korea, commanded the 1st Brigade at Fort Ord, California, and supervised the Intelligence Operations Division in Viet Nam, among other positions. While acting as Senior Military Advisor to the State of California, he realized the value of Camp Roberts as a training installation and successfully petitioned the Army to transfer its operations to the California Army National Guard rather than sell it. When the Guard could not find anyone to run their new installation, he retired early from the Regular Army, joined the California Army National Guard, and took up the daunting task of resurrecting the "closed" camp. He served as Camp Commander of Camp Roberts until 1978, retiring as a Brigadier General.
Awards: Legion of Merit w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, California State Medal of Merit w/3 Stars, Chung Moo w/Gold Star (Korean), Staff Service Honor Medal (Viet Nam), plus numerous campaign and theater medals and awards.
During the occupation of Japan, he was sent to Yokohama where the Army needed a line officer to solve a problem developing with the troops. He left his beloved Infantry and was temporarily assigned to the Quartermaster Corps. It was there that he met Millie, who was with the American Red Cross. They were married in 1948 and shared sixty-three wonderful years together.
Active in his community of Paso Robles, California, he was honored as Roblan of the Year in 2009. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum for fifteen years and worked there for many more. He was a member of the Board of Chancellors for The Camp Roberts Historical Museum for many years. He served two years with the San Luis Obispo Grand Jury (the second year as chairman). He served on the Paso Robles Airport Advisory Board and the American Red Cross. He worked with young people's groups such the Scouts, Key Club, Circle K and Keywanettes. He was a supporter of Community Concert and local theatrical groups and had Easter Sunrise Services conducted for the community while commanding Camp Roberts. He served as Chairman of the United Fund fundraising campaign, was State Coordinator for 55 Alive, and State Senator in the Senior Legislature for the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. He was a member of the Paso Robles Kiwanis and enjoyed working with the club on countless community service projects. He served as Club President, Lt. Governor of Division 29, Governor of the California-Nevade-Hawaii District and as a Trustee and Vice President of Kiwanis International.
Brigadier General Muggelberg was survived by his wife, Millie, son Glenn, daughter Marcia, son-in-law Bill Jones, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paso Robles District Cemetery
San Luis Obispo County
Created by: Gaz
Record added: Aug 23, 2012
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