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Second Lieutenant
Jack Harold Glenn
U. S. Army Air Forces
Ser. # O-711388


August 16, 1923 - July 7, 1944
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
 

Gold Star Mother
Elizabeth Schauer Glenn


Second Lieutenant Jack Harold "Bucky" Glenn, U.S. Army Air Forces (August 16, 1923 – July 7, 1944] was born to Verner Clive “VC” Glenn [November 5, 1894 – April 2, 1959] and Elizabeth (Schauer) Glenn [November 8, 1898 – April 17, 1981] at Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.  His parents were married at Tulsa on July 12, 1920, then later moved to Bay City.  Jack attended Bay City Public Schools and graduated as Salutatorian from Bay City High School with the Class of 1940.  Following high school he attended A & M College for one year before entering the U.S. Army (1941-42).  He enlisted in the Army Air Forces Reserve Corps in October 1942, and was called to active duty in January 1943. His military education was learned at many different bases:  Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, TX Jan – Feb 43; Texas A & M College Feb – Apr 43; San Antonio
Aviation Cadet Center, Apr – May 43; Ellington Field, Houston, TX May – Aug 43; Harlingen Army Air Field, TX  (Gunnery School) Aug – Sep 43; Hondo Army Air Force Navigators School, Army Air Field, Hondo, TX (graduated as a Navigator and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant) Sep 43 – Feb 44 and Westover Field, Chicopee, MA in Feb 44 for bomber training. Jack went overseas soon after his graduation and was assigned to the 566th Squadron, 389th Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force which was based at Hethel, England. His fellow crew members affectionately nicknamed him "Bucky." The 8th Air Force - “Mighty 8th” - was the major strategic bomber force directed against Germany and operated from England during the war. On July 7, 1944 his B-24 Liberator was shot down on a bombing mission to Halle, Germany, and crashed near Halberstadt; of the ten man crew one died of non-battle injuries, two were classified as KIA and the remaining seven became POWs. In escaping the aircraft, Bucky apparently failed to secure the leg harness of his parachute, when the chute deployed, the harness and chute were ripped from his person, and he hit the ground without his parachute.  He was classified as Killed in Action. He was buried at Neuville-En-Condroz Cemetery, Liege, Belgium, which became the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial.  He is located in Plot A, Row 35, Grave 32. At the time of his death he was survived by his parents:  VC and Elizabeth; two sisters:  Mrs. Helen Foreman and Mrs. Ruth Lovett.   His parents were living in Bay City.    

 

RECEIVES WINGS

AVC Jack H. Glenn, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Glenn, of 1937 Seventh St., an aerial gunner at Army Air Field, Harlingen, Texas, received his wings in September.

The Daily Tribune
, October 5, 1943
 


Bay City High School Annual Photo
 



 


Receives Wings At Texas Air Field Recently

HONDO ARMY AIR FIELD. HONDO, Tex., Feb. 19--Hundreds of youthful American navigation cadets after 13 weeks of rigid training pinned on their silver wings this week at commencement exercises at this huge combat training installation. Among them was Lt. Jack H. Glenn of Bay City.

The impressive wing-pinning ceremony signified to the new navigators that now they are ready to do their part in obliterating the enemy. Most of the officers have left already to join the other members of the all-out bombing crew--gunner, bombardier and pilot. Some of the graduates will remain to instruct new cadets just entering navigation training.

A few of the new graduates were officers before entering navigation training. Those who trained as cadets received not only their wings but also commissions as either flight officers or second lieutenants.

The Daily Tribune, February 10, 1944
 

At left, Jack H. Glenn during his aerial gunner training in Harlingen, Texas in 1943.


Receives Wings At Texas Air Field Recently

HONDO ARMY AIR FIELD. HONDO, Tex., Feb. 19--Hundreds of youthful American navigation cadets after 13 weeks of rigid training pinned on their silver wings this week at commencement exercises at this huge combat training installation. Among them was Lt. Jack H. Glenn of Bay City.

The impressive wing-pinning ceremony signified to the new navigators that now they are ready to do their part in obliterating the enemy. Most of the officers have left already to join the other members of the all-out bombing crew--gunner, bombardier and pilot. Some of the graduates will remain to instruct new cadets just entering navigation training.

A few of the new graduates were officers before entering navigation training. Those who trained as cadets received not only their wings but also commissions as either flight officers or second lieutenants.

The Daily Tribune, February 10, 1944
 


Lt. Jack H. Glenn Missing In Action Over Germany

Second Lieutenant Jack H. Glenn of Bay City is reported missing in action over Germany since July 7. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Glenn, received a War Department telegram last Thursday expressing deep regret that their son was reported missing and stating that any further information will be forwarded to them at once.

A navigator on a B-24 bomber, Lieutenant Glenn had made many missions over Germany. His last letter, written July 5, was so cheerful that his parents inferred he had just returned from a successful mission. He has been in the service 17 months.

His letter of July 5 stated that he had the task of mail censor and he was carrying out censorship rules on his own mail, that he would have to put off telling the interesting things he was experiencing until the victory was won.

The Daily Tribune, July 21, 1944
 

LT. JACK GLENN REPORTED KILLED OVER GERMANY

Popular Bay City Youth Had Been In Air Corps 17 Months

Lt. Jack H. Glenn, 21, was killed over Germany, July 7, according to a message from Adjutant General J. A. Ulio, to the parents of the youth, Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Glenn of Bay City.

The message stated: “A report received from the German government through the International Red Cross states that your son, Second Lt. Jack H. Glenn, who was previously reported missing in action, was killed July 7, over Germany. The Secretary of War extends deep sympathy. Letter follows:”

His parents received official information July 20 of his being missing. The telegram Friday was the first word they had received since that time.

Jack Glenn was one of Bay City’s most brilliant and popular young men. He was industrious, ambitious and his charming personality gained for him friends among all ages He was born in Tulsa, Okla., Aug 16, 1923. He came here with his parents when he was eight years old. A graduate of the Bay City High school of the class of 1940, he gained salutatory honors. Following high school he attended A. & M. one year before entering the air corps.

He had been in the air corps 17 months and was a navigator on a B-24.

Besides his parents, two sisters survive.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 14, 1944
 



 

Lt. Jack H. Glenn Honored By Church At Sunday Service

The morning service at the First Methodist Church Sunday was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Jack H. Glenn, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Glenn, whose death over Germany occurred July 7, according to information received from the War Department.

The altar flowers were white carnations in beautiful and profuse arrangements. A note on the special bulletin read:

"The flowers on the altar and this bulletin are dedicated to the memory of Jack Glenn, who recently so gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. Jack came up through our Sunday School and Church, and was one of the finest young men we have ever known. The Christian character and practices he acquired in early life stayed with him, and wherever he was he continued to send back one-tenth of his income for the support of his church. We shall miss him but his memory will linger like a gracious benediction."

In addition to other appropriate memorial tributes, Rev. Marvin S. Vance made announcement of the nature of the simple service of honor to Lieutenant Glenn, and the minister of music, William A. "Billy" Triggs, sang "Forward to Christ" by O'Hara.

The Daily Tribune, September, 1944

 



 


Bracelet Lost at  Time of Death Returned to Family in 2009

When Bernerd Harding, 90, began a personal mission in 2009 to return to Germany to search for his pilot's wings, little did he know what awaited him.

Mr. Harding was a 25-year-old B-24 pilot with the 8th Air Force's 492nd Bomb Group when the 492nd was sent to Bernburgh, Germany on July 7, 1944 to bomb an aircraft manufacturing plant.

After they dropped their bomb load, German fighters fired on the "Georgette," their plane, and Mr. Harding and his crew of 11 others had to bail out when the plane caught on fire. They landed in a wheat field and three farmers captured them, holding them until German army officers took charge.

While being held captive in a dirt-floored basement of a local house, Mr. Harding buried his wings in the dirt floor. He feared he would be killed if the Germans discovered he was an American pilot.

Upon returning to Germany in 2009 to search for his wings, he worked with Dr. Ulrich Heucke in the village of Klein Quenstedt. The quest was unsuccessful, but he would become the emissary of another precious object.

Heinze Kruse, a resident of Klein Quenstedt, approached Mr. Harding giving him a silver bracelet that was recovered from a dead American airman on July 7, 1944, the same day Mr. Harding was captured. The ID bracelet had the name Jack H. Glenn on the front and a serial number on the back.

On July 7th, Kruse, age 16, was working in his father's potato field where he witnessed German fighters in pursuit of an American B-24 bomber that broke apart in the air and crashed. Later in the day, he and a schoolmate drove a horse-drawn wagon to the field to retrieve the body. The boys noticed the silver bracelet on the soldier's wrist and took it to the mayor of their village. The mayor wrote down the name and returned the bracelet to Mr. Kruse as a remembrance. Sixty-five years later, at age 81, Mr. Kruse decided to place the bracelet in the safekeeping of Mr. Harding in hopes it could be returned to Jack Glenn's family.

Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Harding turned the bracelet over to Jack Glenn's only immediate family member still living, his sister, Helen Glenn Foreman, who was living in Anchorage, Alaska. From the time she received the bracelet, it was Mrs. Foreman's intention to donate the bracelet to the Matagorda County Museum in Bay City, Texas.

Mrs. Foreman passed away on January 13, 2015 and her son mailed the bracelet to the museum in Bay City where Jack grew up. Jack never made it home, but his bracelet did at the end of January, 2015.



 


 


Bay City Resident Dies in Austria

Well known Bay City resident of fifty years, Mrs. Elizabeth Glenn, died April 17 in Vienna, Austria.

Mrs. Glenn had recently returned to Vienna where she had undergone surgery.

Born in Nappersdorf, Austria on November 8, 1898, she came to the United States in 1908 and lived in Kansas where she finished her education and became a school teacher.

She married V. C. Glenn in Tulsa, Oklahoma July 12, 1920.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1958.

Mrs. Glenn was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City where she taught in the Children's Department for 37 years.

She was involved in the local American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the "Gold Star Mothers."

Mrs. Glenn worked as a Pink Lady in Matagorda General where she had 6,000 hours to her credit.

In 1978 she was chosen Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year by a program sponsored annually by the Matagorda County Extension Service.

Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. O. F. (Helen) Foreman of Anchorage, Alaska and Mrs. James (Ruth) Lovett of Vienna, Austria. Her son Jack was killed in World War II.

Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Washington, D. C. where her husband was buried.

Memorial services will be held at the Bay City First United Methodist Church at a later date.

The family requests no flowers for either service and that memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

The Daily Tribune, April 20, 1981
 




Mr. V. C. Glenn

Funeral services were held for Mr. V. C. Glenn, 64, Monday morning at 10 o'clock at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Leslie LeGrand officiating.

Mr. Glenn, a resident of the city the past 28 years, died at Matagorda General Hospital Thursday, April 2, at 3:40 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Glenn of Bay City; daughters, Mrs. Helen Foreman of Anchorage, Alaska and Mrs. Ruth Lovett, Damascus, Maryland, a grandson, four-year David G. Foreman, also of Anchorage, Alaska.

The deceased, who was a native of South Carolina, served in the U S Navy Aviation during World War I. He was a member of the American Legion.

The remains were shipped to Houston for cremation. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., April 21, at 1:00 p.m.

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, April 7, 1959
 


Helen G. Foreman (1922 - 2015)

Helen Virginia Glenn Foreman, 92, long time Anchorage, Alaska, resident, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, 2015, at Alaska Regional Hospital. To those who knew her, she embodied the determination of the human will. At her request, there will be no memorial service. Helen was born in Tulsa, Okla., to school teacher Elizabeth Schauer of Hollabrunn, Austria, and South Carolina-born World War I Naval Aviation veteran Verner Clive (V.C.) Glenn. Her father, a carpenter by trade, followed available work to Petersburg, Mich., when Helen was still a toddler. When Helen was 8, the now family of four moved to Travis County, Texas, finally settling in Bay City, Texas, later that year. A true child of the depression, Helen maintained a paper route during her youth, as well as working in and around the family businesses (which included People's Exchange, a wet and dry goods store, and the Wishy Washy laundromat). A top student, Helen graduated from Bay City High School in 1939. While working in the office at the Bay City Rice Mill, Helen met and fell in love with Oliver "Ollie" Foreman, who not only graded rice, but also worked as the night millwright and was in charge of machinery maintenance. On Feb. 8, 1942, Helen married Ollie in a private early Sunday morning ceremony at First Methodist Church parsonage in Bay City. After Oliver's U.S. and Canadian Air Corps enlistment attempts failed, the couple moved to California to work in the defense industry. Helen worked as a payroll clerk at North American and Oliver worked as an electrician at Douglas Aircraft. An article in Alaska Sportsman Magazine led Oliver to seek civilian employment with the Army Air Corps in Alaska, arriving in Anchorage in early 1944. After her travel papers were issued in July of the same year, Helen arrived on a Grumman Goose to join Oliver in their new home. While Ollie ran the Instrument Shop at Elmendorf, Helen worked in the Office of The USARAL Comptroller at Ft. Richardson. She continued there until the early 1950s, retiring to try and start a family in the couple's new home atop Romig Hill. Before son David's birth in 1955, Helen volunteered at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage, was involved from the beginning with Romig Park Improvement Company (a private water system) and was among the group of individuals responsible for assigning corresponding address numbers to all pieces of real property in the Anchorage suburb of Spenard. She later took the initiative to continue her education with courses at Anchorage Community College and Alaska Methodist University. This helped her in her role as co-owner and comptroller of the family's electrical contracting and residential housing businesses, in which she was still involved at the time of her death. Helen volunteered with various community organizations, served as an Ordained Deacon at First Presbyterian Church and was, for many years, Secretary of Romig Park Improvement Company, Inc. Preceded in death by her brother, Jack H. Glenn; her sister, Ruthie Glenn Lovett; and her loving husband of 67 years, Oliver. Helen is survived by son, David; daughter-in-law, Penny Ann Trow-Foreman; and grandson, Reed. The family thanks the caring owners and staff of Serenity Circle Assisted Living, where Helen resided for her final year. For those she has touched, the family requests that you remember her in your prayers. Continuing her desire to help others, her body was donated to MedCure for medical research. In lieu of traditional donations, please consider organ, tissue or whole body donor registration.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 13, 2015
 


Ruth Lovett
(September 14, 1931 - January 13, 2006)

Ruth Lovett, 74, of Bay City, passed away Friday, January 13, 2006. She was born September 14, 1931 in Bay City to Verner Clive Glenn and Elizabeth Shower Glenn. She was a retired Teacher and Reading Specialist and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Lovett of Bay City, TX and by her sister, Helen Foreman of Anchorage, AK. She was preceded in death by her parents, Verner C. and Elizabeth Shower Glenn and by her brother, Jack Glenn.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church of Bay City with Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City (979) 245-4613.

http://www.taylorbros.net/index.cfm
 

Pictures of 2nd Lt. Glenn at the top, gunner picture and the family picture (V. C., Ruth & Jack) courtesy of Mrs. Helen Foreman and Matagorda County Museum.  Picture of cemetery marker in Belgium courtesy of Helen Foreman and Bobbie Gaspard. High school annual picture courtesy of Matagorda County Museum. Military research by Kenneth L. Thames, historian of VFW Post 2438, Bay City, Texas. Picture of Verner Clive Glenn's marker at Arlington courtesy of David McInturff. Mrs. Glenn's marker picture courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery. Page was created with assistance of Jennifer Rodgers, manager of Mary McAllister Ingram Archives, Matagorda County Museum.

 

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Created
Jan. 28, 2006
Updated
Feb. 12, 2015
   

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