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  • Wall Name:JOE PENA JR
  • Date of Birth:5/4/1923
  • Date of Casualty:9/20/1970
  • Home of Record:PEARLAND
  • County of Record:HARRIS COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SFC
  • Panel/Row:7W, 79
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH


  • Wall Name:HAROLD E SIDES
  • Date of Birth:3/9/1950
  • Date of Casualty:9/20/1970
  • Home of Record:DALLAS
  • County of Record:DALLAS COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row: 7W, 79
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


is honored on Panel 7W, Row 79 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/20/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Glenn Garland Ritchie Jr, 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
  • The Society of the Fifth Division

    Posted on 10/23/15 - by Thomas W Grafton,
    Dear Glenn
    You Have Not Been Forgotten!

    The Society of the Fifth Division, U.S. Army, during its 95th Annual Reunion in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept 10-14, 2015) , held a Reading of the Names Ceremony to honor the 514 Soldiers from the 5th Division that were Killed in Action during the War in Vietnam. Your Name Was Read Aloud Among Those Soldiers. You Have Not Been Forgotten! Rest in Peace, Dear Brother.

    Thomas Grafton
    Alpha company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division
    Vietnam (1968-1969)
  • Happy 65 th birthday Glenn forever 19 yrs old

    Posted on 9/28/15
    Glenn to day I will have a drink of milk in memory of you just as I have for the last 45 years. Rangers lead the way
  • Final Mission of PFC Glenn G. Ritchie Jr.

    Posted on 4/24/15 - by
    On September 20, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17597) from C Company, 158th Aviation Battalion was on a Ranger team insertion near the DMZ when a .51 caliber round came through the windshield and hit the pilot, 1LT Albert M. Finn, perforating his “chicken plate” (ballistic vest) and causing the aircraft to crash. It was estimated that the helicopter was traveling at 100 knots when it hit the ground. There were no survivors. The other crew members were co-pilot WO1 Larry G. Baldwin, crew chief SGT Dan O Felts, and gunner SGT William T. Dotson III. The passengers were members of Team 1-8, P Company, 75th Rangers, and included SP4 Raymond H. Apellido, SP4 Anthony J. Gallina, SP4 Dale A. Gray, PFC Glenn G. Ritchie Jr., and SGT Harold E. Sides. The crash site was immediately secured by a platoon from Alpha Company 1-61st Infantry Regiment (Gators) who lost two men to a mortar barrage on the crash site, platoon leader 1LT Richard H. Stube and PFC Michael T. Linville. 1LT Finn's chicken plate was recovered from the downed aircraft and sent to Da Nang to be tested for a suspected .51 caliber hole. [Taken from and]
  • A Fine MPHS Tiger

    Posted on 10/23/12 - by Ralph Broeils

    Glenn embodied all that is good in young men. I played football on the same team as Glenn. He had us all beat with his heart and attitude. Like a lot of us underclassman, he took his punches at practice and went on with his business with that smile he always had. I will never forget his duty to his community and country. He was the best of mankind.

  • Remembrance

    Posted on 7/18/12 - by Susie Johnson


  • Photo

    Posted on 6/24/10
    Glenn is in the top center of the photo.
  • Photo

    Posted on 6/22/10
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    Posted on 6/22/10
  • My Little Brother

    Posted on 5/12/10 - by Susie Ritchie Johnson
    As Glenn, Jr. (“Glennie” to his family) was my baby brother, we, of course, sometimes fought like the proverbial cats and dogs, but he could still be my best friend. His quick wit and ever-present grin were the things people noted first about him, but he was thoughtful and inquisitive as well. His potential was unlimited.

    He had a special love for children, especially for my two-year-old son. In the last letter I received from him he expressed joy at the fact that he would soon have another niece or nephew. He would have made a wonderful father.

    Having been an active member of Youth for Christ in high school, Glenn was planning on studying for the Lutheran ministry, but first he wanted to fulfill his duty to his country, so he enlisted to “give his two years”. He believed that all people of the world deserved the same right to liberty that we in this country enjoy. He was especially saddened by the atrocities he saw being perpetrated on the Vietnamese people. Remembering the aid given the American Revolutionaries by Lafayette, he felt he (we) should repay that debt by helping the South Vietnamese secure their independence from the North. The inscription on his monument sums it up:

    “He believed in freedom for all mankind. For this he gave his life.”
  • Photo

    Posted on 3/24/10
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/8/08 - by Robert Sage
    Glenn is buried at St john's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Concord, NC>
  • Rangers Lead the Way

    Posted on 12/25/04 - by CSM (Ret) Anonymous Anonymous
    I remember, my team was on the ground when 1-8 went down. but we couldn't help. All we could do is pray that they all made it out. That helpless feeling will never leave. I will always remember Glenn, and his exceptional demeanor. I will never forget the last commo from 1-8. They served their country well. Let us all never forget.
  • Fallen Ranger

    Posted on 8/8/03 - by 1sgt.(ret) Gregg "Spud" Gain
    Glenn and I came into P Company at about the same time. We both went through cherry training together and then were assigned to different teams. My team 1-5 was on the ground when 1-8 went down. We were too far away to help and all we could do was watch and hope they all got out.Our two teams were close and that helpless feeling has never left. Glenn was a friend and a fine soldier! He will always be missed.
  • Posted on 1/31/00
    Glenn, Rest in peace, you are not forgotten by your Ranger Brothers.

  • Unit

    Posted on 1/27/00 - by Carney
    Glenn was a proud member of P Co 75th Rangers


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