Glynne, Michael Thomas, 2LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Last Unit
1966-1966, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1965 - 1966
Foreign Language(s)
Russian

Infantry

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1944
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
New York

Casualty Date
May 28, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Laurel Hill Cemetery - Thomasville, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 113

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1966-1966, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1966-1966, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1961-1965, United States Military Academy
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966 VSM Streamer
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Last Known Activity
15 Feb 2002
MICHAEL THOMAS GLYNNE
18 March 1944 - 28 May 1966
USMA 1965

He and my brother, Tom, were friends - we had grandmothers in Thomasville, GA - which is where Tom and Mike met and where Mike is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

I only recall meeting Mike once for about 10 minutes in the summer of 1962 when he came through New Orleans.

Over the years he has risen unbidden from that moment; I have often pondered why. After September 11th, he came to haunt me and I began a web search and as well as an internal search in order to answer that question.

My only memory of Mike is his lounging against our kitchen table, dressed in his "India" uniform, and laughing about his experience the night before with a blind date in the French Quarter. The joke was his date had decided that she wanted a watermelon, and Mike, being in uniform, could not carry anything. Therefore, his solution was to hire a street person for $2 to carry the watermelon and follow them around all night.

I think the reason this made me remember him so, besides the great visual, is the integrity and honor that it signifies. No one would know if he was out of uniform, or had carried something except him. That sense of personal values does not seem to exist today. He brought honor on himself, West Point and his country.

In searching the Web and with the help of West Point, I found a few facts:

His death is recorded in the book "Battles in the Monsoon" by S. L. A. Marshall (which is taught at West Point) pp. 259-268 as LZ 10 Alpha, 28-29 May 1966. Mike was the unidentified platoon leader killed (See LZ 10 ALPHA , 35th Infantry Regiment). Mike was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart; his Unit received a Unit Citation.

Mike had arrived in Vietnam on 6 January 1966 and had just celebrated his 22nd birthday. He was paid $294.60 a month.

He was from NYC and had gone to the Hill School in Pennsylvania before his appointment to West Point. He graduated 66/596 in his class. He was the second member of the class of 1965 to die in Vietnam.

He was a track star, a lover of music, a member of the choir, and a fluent speaker of Russian. He had a sister Linda who loved him very much.

Vereen@bellsouth.net

February 14, 2002
   
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