From a contemporary press report:
W. Homer Switzer, 87, a retired Army colonel who held infantry and intelligence posts and was a veteran of two wars, died of congestive heart failure July 31, 2001, at his home in Dunn Loring, Maryland.
Colonel Switzer, who grew up on a farm in his native Illinois, was an agricultural science graduate of the University of Illinois, where he also received a reserve officer's commission. At the outbreak of World War II, he became an infantry instructor and
went on to serve in the Pacific. After serving in postwar Berlin, he served in combat in Korea during the war there.
He later helped establish the South Korean Army Counterintelligence Corps and South Korea's Intelligence Center and School. He was serving in the office of the Army's assistant chief of staff for intelligence when he retired from active duty in 1962. He
then sold real estate for the Crowell and Tatum realties in Northern Virginia until retiring again about 1973.
His honors included the Legion of Merit and South Korea's Ulchi medal.
Col. Switzer's hobbies included travel. He served as Northern Virginia regional president of the Wally Byam Airstream Caravan International Club. He was a 63-year Mason and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Vienna.
His wife of 59 years, Virginia Miller Switzer, died in 1999.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Warren Switzer, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lives in Springfield; a daughter, Kathrine V. Switzer of New York; and two grandchildren.
SWITZER, W. HOMER , Col., USA (Ret)
On Tuesday, July 31, 2001 of Vienna, VA. Husband of the late Virginia Switzer; father of Katherine and Dr. Warren Switzer; father-in-law of Youngsun Switzer and Dr. Roger Robinson; grandfather of Wayne and Anne. Services on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the American Red Cross Association.
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