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12/8/16

Death of a Classmate - Colonel Glen Sanford USMC (Ret) - 20th Co


Colonel Glen Sanford USMC (Ret) died 21 September 2016 of Parkinson's.  Glen was  born and raised in Miami, Florida, and enlisted in the Marines after high school.  Following Parris Island Boot Camp, he received training at Radio School in California, and then became an instructor. Glen then attended NAPS, Newport, RI where he received a  SECNAV appointment.  "Sandy" was in the 20th company and lived in the 4th Wing of Bancroft Hall.  He graduated With Distinction (#38 of 855 graduates) with a Marine commission.   After Basic School training, Quantico, VA, he joined the 3rd Marine Division in Japan as an Infantry Platoon Commander.  He  then moved to Okinawa  as the Regimental S-4 (Logistics & Supply). In 1956 he became a Company Commander, Infantry Training Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA, and later Aide to Major General Good.  From 1958 to 1961 he was a tactics instructor and Platoon Commander of new Lieutenants at The Basic School.  In March 1959, Glen married Carol McWhorter, his OAO since Midshipman days.   In 1961, they returned to the Academy; he as a Company Officer.  During his second year, Glen's company won Color Company.  Glen then attended PG School, Monterey, CA. and earned an EE Degree.  Afterwards, he served at Headquarters, USMC in the Comm-Elec Division.  In 1968 he joined the 1st Marine Division, Vietnam, where he was Operations Plans Officer, Division Staff.  Then, Sandy  moved to HQFMFPAC, Camp Smith, HI where he served in G-4;  Logistics Planning.  He then attended the Air War College, Montgomery, AL. while also earning an MBA from Auburn University.  Then he moved to Headquarters, USMC where as an Action Officer and Planner he managed US personnel evacuation from Vietnam, Cambodia, and the recapture of the Mayaguez from Cambodian Forces.  He then joined the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations & Training). He retired 1 July 1978. Sandy's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V," and the Meritorious Service Medal.  He then worked for Computer Sciences Corporation,  San Diego, CA until 1993.  He and Carol then retired to Sandpoint, ID.  Sandy was predeceased by Carol,  his loving wife of 55 years. He is survived by three sons;  Paul, Andy (Katy), Jay (Stacy), four grandsons, and his sister Mary Cogswell.  Memorial Services were held in San Diego at the Miramar National Cemetery, where Glen and Carol now rest together.   

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