John G. “Jack” Waggener

Jack Waggener was raised in Charleston, Missouri and attended the U.S. Military Academy.  He served from 1948 to 1976 and was a combat veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.   He was commanding officer of the 45th Engineering Group in Vietnam and a commanding general at Ft Leonard Wood.  The west gate at Ft Leonard Wood is named after him.  After retirement, he was very active in Rotary in Cape Girardeau and at the Lake of the Ozarks and in the Association of the U.S. Army.  Jack served as a member of the Osage Hospital Board for 8 years and advised Representative Ike Skelton on issues concerning Base Realignment and Closures.

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