The stop included thirty extra miles of driving, not because Mt. Vernon is off the route, but rather because the driver missed the exit. Oh, well.
Glen is eighty-seven now. A visit with him is always a pleasure. For the siblings it will always include reminiscing about earlier times. For me, it is always a revealing session, because I am not privy to all of their shared experiences. But it is not all nostalgia, for we always take some time to solve the current problems of this sorry world we inhabit. Things will be better now.
Glen went into the army in time to take his basic and his paratrooper training before some of WWII's most noted battles. His experiences included a drop over Corregidor he would like to forget, yet memory has not failed him. Over the course of his military career, he served with the 101st Airborne as well as with the 82nd and the 173rd. He retired from the Army after 22 years of service which included postings in Europe as well as action in the South Pacific.
His varied career following service included several years as an instructor at Rend Lake Community College. He still lives with his wife, Marge, in the home they purchased in the 1950s.