John Glennon Kriegshauser, 80, a native of Knox County, died October 11, 2010 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, at the Sierra Health Care Center. He had been in declining health for some time.
The son of Cletus and Mae Kriegshauser, he was born August 5, 1930, and attended Glendale School in rural Knox County and St. Joseph School in Edina. In 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, was promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant (E-5), and was assigned to train recruits at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during the first year of the Korean War. After several months of duty at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, he served three years in the 7751st Military Policy Detachment, a unit in Bremerhaven, Germany, responsible for manning border stations and investigating black-market activities. Returning to the U.S., he studied criminal investigation at the Provost Marshal’s School, Fort Gordon, Georgia, and returned to Germany where he was stationed in Munich for several years.
In the 1960’s, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, and was stationed in Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone, where his duties included the investigation of drug trafficking. In 1967 he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. From 1968-69, he served in Vietnam as was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for “meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces”. He retired from the Army in 1972 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-3). In retirement, he lived in New Mexico – first in Albuquerque and later in Las Cruces – working for a time in private security and as an insurance claims investigator. He enjoyed travel, researching his German and Irish heritage and woodworking.
Preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Kriegshauser, and by a sister, Martha Swann, he is survived by his sister, Ruth Parks, of Topeka, Kansas and numerous nieces and nephews, including Margaret Gibson of Edina.
A military funeral was held on October 14, 2010, and interment was in Fort Bayard National Cemetery near Silver City, New Mexico.