A native Iowan who was a former leader of the Iowa National Guard and Hawkeye football M-V-P has died.
Retired Major General Warren “Bud” Lawson of Ankeny died Wednesday from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 83.
Iowa National Guard spokesman, Colonel Greg Hapgood, says Lawson’s tenure included two of the biggest disasters the state has seen.
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Hapgood says Lawson also played football at the University of Iowa and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1954.
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Lawson retired from active service in 1979 and was appointed next day as the deputy adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard.
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Lawson’s time as leader from the mid 80’s through the 90’s saw several other challenges for Iowa’s citizen soldiers, including help with the farm crisis to combat for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990’s where Lawson readied an entire infantry division.
Lawson retired as the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard on June 19, 1999, after 14 years of service to the state and more than 44 years of combined military service.