Ingleside mourns the passing of a long time resident and nationally known World War II hero. Sgt. William N. McCormack (USMC ret.) died Monday, Feb 20 while visiting a friend. He suffered a massive heart attack.
McCormack, known as “Willie” to his friends and neighbors, was a survivor of the infamous 90 mile “Death March” in the Philippines at Bataan and fought bravely on the island of Corregidor where he earned more than 16 medals for heroism in a 30 day period. He had recently been nominated for the Medal of Honor.
He had been a resident of Ingleside since his discharge from the Marine Corps on a 100 percent disability due to injuries received in battle and as a prisoner of war of the Japanese army in the Philippines, Formosa, and China. He was a truck driver and shrimper for several years until his first heart attack.
Ingleside has lost a good friend and a caring neighbor. He was active in the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Marine Corps and was a fixture each Christmas at the HEB store collecting toys and money to be sure that no child went without a toy at Christmas. He contributed large amounts were not enough.
State Representative Robert Early presented McCormack with a proclamation of the appreciation from the State of Texas last year in recognition for his dedication. In 1987 he was honored with a special commendation from the Marine Corps for his works with Toys for Tots and POW and MIA organizations.
He was love by many, respected by all who knew him and will be sorely missed by a city grateful for his contributions.