Medal of Honor

 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

 

 

ENGLISH, GLENN H., JR. *

 

Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 3rd Battalion, 503 Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade

 

Place and date: Phu My District, Republic of Vietnam, 7 September 1970

 

Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Born: 23 April 1940, Altoona, Pennsylvania

 

Citation:

 

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.


 Thanks to SSG David Bata for the above photograph.


--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: ENGLISH

First name: GLENN HARRY JR

Home of Record (official): CORNWELLS HEIGHTS

State (official): PA

Date of Birth: Tuesday, April 23, 1940

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SSG

Serial Number: 173320235

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E6

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11F4P

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Monday, August 24, 1970

Date of Casualty: Monday, September 7, 1970

Age at time of loss: 30

Casualty type: (A3) Hostile, died while missing

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Dinh

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