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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 2, 1919
Date of death: December 24, 1944
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

Robert Donaldson Glessner resigned on February 10, 1940 because he was “deficient in studies, first term’s work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign.”

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


From Find A Grave:

A newspaper index listing indicates First Lieutenant R. D. Glessner, USAAF, lost his life over China while engaged as a fighter pilot.

Married the former Miss Eleanor Louise Wallace two months previously.

This document has much the same information. Unable to find any details.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; internment occurred in November 1947.

Memorial Hall Error

Robert was a member of the Army Air Forces, not the Army.

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