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JOE RICHARD GLASSBURN


is honored on Panel 21W, Line 101 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 7/11/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. You gave everything you had to give. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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  • Final Mission of SP4 Joe R. Glassburn

    Posted on 4/18/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On the morning of July 11, 1969, paratroopers from the 506th Infantry began the task to take Hill 996 in the A Shau Valley from the North Vietnamese Army after the NVA had seized control of the area. The mission was mounted in an effort to thwart a summer offensive by the NVA. Before assaulting the hill, the paratroopers were told that there would be no artillery preparation or support, no gunship or Aerial Rocket Artillery support, and no tactical air support in the initial attack. The terrain on Hill 996 was very steep, mountainous, and heavily vegetated, causing problems with radio transmissions. The paratroopers moved out in a hard rain toward their objective. Two battalion RTO's were killed early in the assault, causing an early loss of radio communications which proved unexpected and devastating. One radio-telephone operator from Delta 1/506, SP4 George H. Fry, gave up his life in order to restore both the Company and Battalion radio nets. SP4 Fry was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. LTC Arnold C. Hayward took command of the battle and his headquarters group was with him and Delta Company's 1st Platoon when they were caught in a saddle on the hill. They were receiving heavy fire from the bunkers on the hill and to their flank while the NVA were also coming up behind their position. Hayward, his RTO, and a Forward Observer were wounded by a blast of AK-47 fire. During the battle there were many individual acts of heroism which blended into a total team effort to gain control over the situation. Medic PFC Larry Motley’s aid bag was found with 22 holes in it. PFC Claudie Fowler was cut down while attempting to pull a fallen comrade to safety. The paratroopers never gave up and they took the hill. Twenty paratroopers were lost in the battle for Hill 996. They included CPL Elbert J. Baker Jr., SGT Norman H. Bloomfield, PFC Mark L. Bruner, CPL Richard T. Corriveau, CPL Thomas P. Fenush, CPL Curtiss Fernhoff, PFC Claudie Fowler, SP4 George H. Fry (Silver Star), PFC Alan G. Geissinger, SP4 Joe R. Glassburn, LTC Arnold C. Hayward, PFC Bradley W. Klukas, PFC Larry K. Motley, CPL Marvin K. Richardson, PFC Michael F. Rogers, SSGT Byron D. Stewart, PFC George B. Tear, PFC Allan C. Thibou, 2LT Dan B. Yarbrough, and PFC Russell C. Yost. Another 26 men were wounded in the engagement. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/11/15 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Joe Richard Glassburn, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/3/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Joe is buried at Clymer Cemetery in Kokomo,IN. BSM PH
  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 5/11/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED



    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....

    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."



    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell

    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.



    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:



    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.



    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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