Col. Richard W. Herklotz, 80, World War II veteran

October 06, 2002

Col. Richard W. Herklotz, a World War II veteran with more than 40 years of military service, died Monday after suffering a heart attack at the 29th Division Association convention in Hampton, Va. He was 80. Col. Herklotz was a former executive director of the association.

He served in the 29th Infantry Division, 110th Field Artillery, participating in the invasion of Normandy, as well as five campaigns in Europe. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other medals. When he returned to the United States, Col. Herklotz was a full-time technician with the Maryland National Guard until he retired in 1982.

He joined the 29th Division Association after World War II and served as its national executive director from 1984 to 1998. Col. Herklotz was also a director of the Maryland National Guard Military Historical Society.

Col. Herklotz, a longtime Woodlawn resident, moved to White Marsh in December with his second wife, Betty Harbaugh. His first wife, Katherine Crothers, died in 1979.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave.

Col. Herklotz is also survived by his son, Paul D. Herklotz of Dundalk; his daughter, Daria A. McGehee of Glenelg; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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