CHARLES O. GLISSON, JR., LT, USN
Charles Glisson, Jr. '47
Date of birth: August 24, 1925
Date of death: November 1, 1952
From the 1947 Lucky Bag:
From Korean War.org:
Lieutenant Glisson was the pilot of a F9F-2 Pantherjet fighter with Fighter Squadron (VF) 721 aboard the aircraft carrier USS KEARSARGE (CVA-33). On November 1, 1952, he was making a strike in support of front lines troops near Chunchon, North Korea, when his engine began to run irregularly. He headed towards the east coast of Korea and crashed about ten miles from the shore line. He was presumed dead on November 2, 1953.
VF-721 FIGHTER SQUADRON AIRCRAFT TYPE: F9F-2
AIRCRAFT NUMBER: 123586
NON-HOSTILE, DIED OTHER CAUSES. REMAINS NOT RECOVERED
DATE OF LOSS: NOVEMBER 1, 1952
SERVICE NUMBER: 485189
BORN: AUGUST 24, 1925
HOME OR PLACE OF ENLISTMENT: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
LOCATION OR BATTLE ZONE: NORTH KOREA
TOWN OR AREA: CHUNCHON
From Find A Grave:
Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Combat Service Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery, with the burial location of his parents. His father was a '23 graduate.
He was survived by his wife, June.
Memorial Hall Error?
Charles is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this (incidental to combat flights) has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
James LaHaye ’47 was also a member of the fencing team.