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Michael Paul Peck


Michael P. Peck is currently serving as the Military Order of World Wars Department. Commander for Illinois and as the delegate to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Council.

Mike served as Superintendent for the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County from March 2007 till he retired in June 2017.

He was born in Galesburg, Illinois on July I 3, 1947, graduated from Galesburg High School in 1966 and enlisted in the Army.

He served in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division in 1967 and in Vietnam with the 718th  MP Brigade in 1969. He was selected for the Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Military Police Corps in September 1970.

He returned to Viet Nam in 1971 and commanded the 61st MP Company in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. He was released from active duty in 1972 and joined the Illinois National Guard.

While attending the Artillery Officer Advanced Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma he was selected for the Galesburg Police Department. He retired from the police department in 1996 as a Sergeant and also retired from the Army Reserve in 1996 at the rank of Colonel. His last assignment was Chief of Staff for the 86th Army Reserve Command.

He is a graduate of Carl Sandburg College, Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and Western Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. He is accredited by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and the Disabled American Veterans and is certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs Counsel General to file claims on behalf of Veterans.

He has served for 42 years as a member of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, where advised mobilized reservist and their employers on reemployment rights due to their reserve duties.

In October I 996 he was appointed Chief of Security or the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs at the Veterans Home in Quincy, Illinois. He retired from the State of Illinois on December 31, 2002 and moved to Palatine, Illinois as a Manager for Holiday Retirement Corporation.

He is a life member of the VFW and American Legion and Past Commander for VFW Post 2257 in Galesburg, Illinois and Past Commander for American Legion Post 964 in Lake Zurich, IL.

He was inducted into the Infantry OCS Hall of Fame in 1996 and his military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal and Volunteer Service Medal.

He resides now in Wauconda, Illinois with his wife the former Po Lin Lee, they have two daughters Nancy Toland and Tracy Carlson both of Mundelein, Illinois and they have five grandchildren.