CHARLES O. GLISSON, JR., LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 24, 1925
Date of death: November 1, 1952
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1947 Glisson LB.jpg

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Charles Olan Glisson, Jr.

Falls Church, Virginia

A Navy junior, Cog soon became famous as a chow hound, a sack lover, and the man who inaugurated the custom of the third section not mustering with the watch squad. To him, a good novel or Time magazine was irresistible. A fencer by choice, he came home many nights with his back bloody but his head unbowed. He was saved from being a Red Mike only by an occasional bitter battle which forced him to drag. Truly a grand guy and swell roommate, Cog will be remembered by his classmates as a walking Naval information bureau, movie gouge, and a real friend to everyone.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

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 listed as killed in action by the Department of Defense, but he is not listed in the Korean War section of the killed in action board in Memorial Hall.

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