From a contemporary press report
Jack J. Wagstaff, 81, a retired Army major general who served as chief of staff of the U.S. division of the Allied Command in post-World War II Berlin, died of cancer December 27, 1998 at his home in McLean, Virginia.
General Wagstaff, who was born in Salt Lake City, grew up in Portland. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he received a commission in the Army Reserve through ROTC and was called to active duty while attending the university's law school during World War II. He completed his law degree after the war.
During the Vietnam War, General Wagstaff commanded troops in Vietnam. He also held command positions in Europe and Korea, and he was chief of the military advisory group to the German government before his retirement in 1975.
He then worked as a consultant for the Boeing Co. and Dornier, a German aircraft manufacturer.
His military honors included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, the District of Columbia Bar, the Army Navy Country Club and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Irmengard Wagstaff of McLean; two children, Beverly Wagstaff of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Peter C. Wagstaff of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
WAGSTAFF, JACK J., MG, USA (Ret.)
On Sunday, December 27, 1998, MAJOR GENERAL JACK J. WAGSTAFF, of McLean, Virginia, beloved husband of Irmengard Wagstaff; father of Beverly A. Wagstaff and Peter C. Wagstaff; father-in-law of Anne B. Wagstaff; brother of Beverly Autzen and Barbara Rowland; grandfather of Jackson and Tyler. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 1999, at the Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA. Interment with full military honors Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 699, Vienna, VA 22183-0699.
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