GLENN A BELCHER
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HONORED ON PANEL 33E, LINE 6 OF THE WALL

GLENN ARTHUR BELCHER

WALL NAME

GLENN A BELCHER

PANEL / LINE

33E/6

DATE OF BIRTH

05/11/1942

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/31/1967

HOME OF RECORD

FESSENDEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wells County

STATE

ND

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GLENN ARTHUR BELCHER
POSTED ON 9.12.2021

Final Mission of 1LT Glenn A. Belcher

1LT Glenn A. Belcher was a U.S. Air Force pilot serving with 1st Air Commando Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force. At 8:56 AM on December 31, 1967, Belcher took off from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base in a Douglas A-1E Skyraider (#52-135007), call sign Hobo 19, on an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. While enroute to a pre-briefed target, Hobo 19 was diverted to a new location by the Forward Air Controller (FAC) who observed two vehicles from a gun position nineteen miles southeast of Ban Dang in Khammouane Province, Laos. Hobo 19 made four passes on the target, then informed the FAC he was changing direction on his next pass. The FAC acknowledged and approved the change and moved south of the target to remain clear and observe the strike. During roll-in on the target, Hobo 19 did not pull out at 5000’ as he did in his previous passes. Instead, he continued on the same trajectory, and between 1000’ and 1500’ began to roll. Hobo 19 turned about 2-1/2 times before striking the ground in a heavy growth of trees 300’ past the target. An enormous fireball erupted on impact while the smoke from his ordinance mushroomed over the target. At no time during the bombing pass did Hobo 19 make any radio transmissions nor was there any indication of distress other than the sustained dive and rolling action. The FAC observed nothing fall off the Skyraider, no smoke or fire was noted before impact, and no ground or anti-aircraft fire was seen. There was no parachute visible, and no beepers were heard after the crash. The FAC notified Cricket Control Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center of the crash, and the information was passed on to higher command. Squad members Hobo 15 and 16 entered the crash site looking for signs of life and made calls to Hobo 19 with negative results. Electronic and visual searches were continued the following day, and photographs taken of the crash site did not disclose signs of life. Belcher was listed as missing in action and promoted to Major. In 1995, remains believed to be Belcher were returned to the U.S. They were positively identified on November 21, 1997, and interred at Arlington National Cemetery. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 8.17.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from Glenn Chisholm is especially poignant. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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POSTED ON 11.12.2020
POSTED BY: Clifford Johnston

Fondly Remembered

Glenn was my fraternity brother. He had a passion for flying. It cost him his life. Sadly missed, all these years. Thank you for your selfless service, brother. R. I. P.
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POSTED ON 11.12.2020
POSTED BY: Clifford Johnston

Fondly Remembered

Glenn was my fraternity brother. He had a passion for flying. It cost him his life. Sadly missed, all these years. Thank you for your selfless service, brother. R. I. P.
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POSTED ON 10.22.2020
POSTED BY: Glenn C Chisholm

The Bracelet

My name is Glenn C Chisholm from Newton Ma. and I’ve been wearing LT. Glenn Belcher’s MIA POW bracelet since 1970-71. The original was Copper and I changed it to Stainless steel because as a young boy & little league ball player It left a green stain on my wrist. I was always proud to wear it.
My Dad ( USMC KOREA) bought 7 bracelets for all 7 children. I selected Glenn Belcher out of the bunch because my name is Glenn and he was shot down 2 days before my 7 th birthday.
I felt this pulling and allegiance to this war hero and I never forgot him. I had many cousins in Vietnam combined with the vivid televised news of the fighting, combat, protest, civil unrest and outright disrespect to my namesake and HERO. I was always moved when thinking of Glenn and at night, in the dark I felt the security of the bracelet on my wrist. I believe I dedicated myself to a worthy cause by wearing the bracelet and most importantly to the memory of a great man who sacrificed so that I may become the Father, a Free American, Police Sergeant, Husband and Son that I am today. Glenn Belcher lived his life with a purpose and Honor. Glenn gave his life and he gave me Strength and Courage when I looked at the bracelet. I’m 60 years old now and I will never forget that Glenn Belcher did not die alone and is not forgotten. Yes, Glenn gave his life and in a powerful way gave me mine.
I would love to return, bury or place the bracelet in the proper hands of family or at Arlington Cemetery. I’ve been to the Wall and realize his name is on the Granite. I want his family to receive the only and longest lasting piece of “ Jewelry “ I’ve ever owned/cared about.
Please, I’d like advice and want to complete my commitment to my fellow American and HERO.
Address:
Sgt. Glenn C. Chisholm
119 Jewett Street
Newton, Ma. 02458
Ph. 617-671-4727
Home: 617-244-3704
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