English, Glenn Harry, Jr., SSG Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11F-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1967-1970, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
1962 - 1970
Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate




Ranger
Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Seven Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1940
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Cornwells Heights
Last Address
Altoona
(HOR: Cornwells Heights)

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Binh Dinh
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Fort Bragg Post Cemetery - Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 044

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 101st Airbone Division 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Ranger Hall Of Fame

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
VII Corps /VII Corps LRRPUS Army1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne) 101st Airborne Division
4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1960-1963, VII Corps /VII Corps LRRP
  1963-1966, Broken Service
  1966-1966, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1966-1967, 101st Airborne Division
  1966-1967, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1970, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1970, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Operations History
  1962-1970 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 VSM Streamer
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive, Phase III Campaign 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 VSM Streamer
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign 1 July to 1 November 1968 VSM Streamer
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign 2 April to 30 June 1968 VSM Streamer
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 VSM Streamer
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign 9 June to 31 October 1969 VSM Streamer
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 VSM Steamer
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign 1 May to 30 June 1970 VSM Streamer
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign 1 Jul 1970 to 31 June 1971 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 07W 044

Glenn H. English, Jr. (April 23, 1940–September 7, 1970) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

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Biography

English joined the Army from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and by September 7, 1970 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company E, 3d Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On that day, in Phu My District, Republic of Vietnam, he attempted to save a man trapped inside a burning armored personnel carrier, despite warnings the vehicle could explode at any moment. The personnel carrier did explode, and both English and the man he was trying to rescue were killed.

English, aged 30 at his death, was buried at the Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Presentation: To His Family At Blair House, Washington, DC
By Vice President Gerald R. Ford - Aug 8, 1974
Buried at:  Fort Bragg Post Cemetery - Fort Bragg, NC
  

Medal of Honor citation

Staff Sergeant English's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

S/Sgt. English was riding in the lead armored personnel carrier in a 4-vehicle column when an enemy mine exploded in front of his vehicle. As the vehicle swerved from the road, a concealed enemy force waiting in ambush opened fire with automatic weapons and anti-tank grenades, striking the vehicle several times and setting it on fire. S/Sgt. English escaped from the disabled vehicle and, without pausing to extinguish the flames on his clothing, rallied his stunned unit. He then led it in a vigorous assault, in the face of heavy enemy automatic weapons fire, on the entrenched enemy position. This prompt and courageous action routed the enemy and saved his unit from destruction. Following the assault, S/Sgt. English heard the cries of 3 men still trapped inside the vehicle. Paying no heed to warnings that the ammunition and fuel in the burning personnel carrier might explode at any moment, S/Sgt. English raced to the vehicle and climbed inside to rescue his wounded comrades. As he was lifting 1 of the men to safety, the vehicle exploded, mortally wounding him and the man he was attempting to save. By his extraordinary devotion to duty, indomitable courage, and utter disregard for his own safety, S/Sgt. English saved his unit from destruction and selflessly sacrificed his life in a brave attempt to save 3 comrades. S/Sgt. English's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army. 

Glenn had prior service in Germany with a LRRP unit in the early 60s. He got out of the Army and then joined up again and ended up in HQ Company, 4/503d in the S-3 Section.  Glenn extended his tour with the 173d after most of the original 4/503d left RVN in June '67.
   
Comments/Citation
Staff Sergeant Glenn H. English, JR., is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his dedication to duty, devotion to his fellow soldiers and his unselfish sacrifice of his own life on the field of battle. On September 7, 1970, in the Phu My district of Vietnam while assigned to Company E, 3rd Battalion, 503 Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Staff Sergeant English was riding in the lead armored personnel carrier when an enemy mine exploded in front of his vehicle. From a concealed position the enemy immediately opened up with automatic weapons and antitank grenades striking his vehicle and the rest of the convoy. Staff Sergeant English escaped from the disabled vehicle and without pausing to extinguish the flames of his clothing, rallied his stunned unit. Gallantly he led his troops in a vigorous assault, in the face of heavy enemy automatic weapons fire on the entrenched enemy position. This prompt and courageous action routed the enemy and saved his unit from destruction. Following the assault, SSG English heard the cries of 3 of his men who were still trapped in the burning vehicle. Paying no heed to warnings that the ammunition and fuel in the burning personnel carrier was about to explode, SSG English raced to the vehicle and climbed inside to rescue his wounded men. As he lifted one of the men to safety, the vehicle exploded, mortally wounding him and the man he was attempting to save. By his extraordinary devotion to duty, indomitable courage, and utter disregard for his own safety, SSG English saved his unit from destruction and selflessly sacrificed his life while living the Ranger Creed, “I will never leave a fallen comrade”. Staff Sergeant English’s conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his own life were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the United States Army.
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SSG Glenn English Jr. Army Education Center

SSG Glenn English Jr. Army Education Center, 202 Bastogne Ave., Fort Campbell.

 

   
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