Charles J. Glenn

Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 11
National Memorial Panel / Row: East 23 / 28
Date of Birth: 25-Jun-1947
Neighborhood: Fishtown
High School: Thomas Edison High School
Street: Day Street
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: CPL
Date of Casualty: 07-Jul-1967
Province of Casualty: Quang Nam
The 20-year-old combat veteran was preparing to announce his engagement when he was shot to death by a sniper in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on July 7, 1967. Glenn left Thomas Edison High School in his sophomore year and worked as an assistant printer for a Center City printing firm for six months. "If Charlie couldn�t make you laugh, you had a problem," a friend recalled. Glenn enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1965, planning a military career. He was assigned to Company 1 of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marines Division. Survivor included his parents. The 6 foot 3 corporal was the first soldier from Fishtown to die in the war, a monument in his honor was erected at Widley and Marlborough streets. The corporal Charles J. Glenn 3rd memorial also includes the names of ten other young men from the Fishtown-Kensington-Port Richmond neighborhoods who died or were MIA in Vietnam. Dedicated in 1967, it was one of the first memorials to Vietnam veterans in the U.S.