Let’s honor those young men, here, today.
The first is Corporal Glenn Clifford Gillen. Son of Elijah Cecil Gillen & Bessie Etta Cowen. Glenn was born 1 Jan 1896 in Chesapeake, Lawrence, Ohio. He was the 3rd child of 9 born to this couple. The second oldest son. There were 6 boys and 3 girls. All of his siblings lived to adulthood and, in fact, well into old age, except Glenn. Glenn is my maternal 2nd cousin 3 times removed.
Glenn attended Independence High School in Independence, Montgomery, Kansas and if he graduated, it would have been about 1913-1914. He is honored in the 1919 yearbook for this school on a memorial page for those lost during World War I.
Glenn registered for the draft in Montgomery, Independence, Kansas in June 1917. He gives his age as 21 years, he’s single, and he works as a Laborer. Physically he was described as tall, medium guild, gray eyes and brown hair.
Here is his World War I Registration Card
(Please click on any image to enlarge it)
Fifteen months after signing that draft registration card, Glenn Gillen was killed during the Meuse-Argonne battle in France.
Corporal Gillen is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. You may visit his memorial here #55992727.
|Used with permission of the photographer|
Ellis is my paternal 3rd cousin once removed.
Sadly, Ellis’ father Hermon D. Hart died in 1933, at the age of 44, while saving his daughter, Caroline from drowning. Stay tuned for a post about that incident.
Ellis attended Jesup W. Scott High School in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio. The photo I have for him from the yearbook lists his age as 16 in 1944.
Ellis did register for the World War II draft on 27 Oct 1945. He was single and described as 5’ 8 1/2” tall, 165 pounds with brown hair, gray eyes and light complexion. His mother, Florence is listed as his next of kin. He was employed by the A.P. Tea Company.
Ellis enlisted in the Army as a Private on 7 Jan 1946. This would have been after the end of World War II. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946.
So, Ellis enlisted in the Army in 1946. Yet in 1950, when he was killed, he was serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Division.
- What made Ellis change from one branch of the service to another?
- Is that a common occurrence?
- Was there a draft for the Korean War? I don’t know. I also have never located any service records for that war.
U.S., Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957
U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
You may visit his FindAGrave memorial here #194881515
Here is his headstone photo
|Photo placed on findagrave.com by Moses and used with permission|
I am happy to have honored these young men today. May they always rest in peace.
If you are connected to any of the family I’ve written about today, I’d love to hear from you.
OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
SEPIA SATURDAY ~ WAR and PEACE–Corp. Glenn C. Gillen–Killed in Action WW I
A MOTHER’S PILGRIMAGE ~ Bessie Cowen Gillen's visit to the grave of Glenn C. Gillen ~ Killed in action in World War I
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