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PFC Glenn W. Halvorson, Oct 27, 1915 - Jan 30, 1945


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#1 TD-Tommy776

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:53 AM

This is a post that is long overdue.

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PFC Glenn William Halvorson was killed in action on Luzon, the Philippine Islands on January 30, 1945.

Born in Hoffman, Minnesota on October 27th, 1915, Glenn was the son of Thomas and Betsey Halvorson. He was a 1933 graduate of Hoffman High School. While attending school, he learned the printing trade at the local newspaper. After graduation, he worked for local newspapers in Center, Colorado, Little Falls, Minnesota and American Falls, Idaho. In early 1939, Glenn attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed a course of study in linotype operation. After successfully finishing his studies at Dunwoody, he worked for a time for The Record in Excelsior, Minnesota. Glenn then moved to Hopkins, Minnesota were he was employed at the Hennepin County Review until his induction into the Army on February 23, 1942.

Glenn received his basic training at Camp Forest, Tennessee. He was assigned to the 129th Infantry Regiment of the 33rd Infantry Division. The 129th was later detached and attached to the 37th Infantry Division. On November 13, 1943, Glenn and the 129th arrived on Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands of the Southwest Pacific. While on Bougainville, the 129th helped to repel several Japanese attacks. Due to his actions in combat on Bougainville, Glenn was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. (Note: I have not yet received any of his records and so am relying on local newspaper articles from that period which mention his CIB award.)

On January 9, 1945, the 129th, as part of the 37th ID and along with other divisions, participated in the invasion of the Philippine island of Luzon at Lingayen Gulf. On January 26, 1945, Glenn and the 129th participated in the assault to capture Clark Field and subsequently Fort Stotsenberg. By January 30th, the 129th had achieved their objectives at Clark Field and had entered Fort Stotsenberg. It was during the fighting in Fort Stotsenberg that Glenn gave the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow soldiers, his family, and his country. The circumstances were related to his mother in a letter from Capt. Harvey W. Mattingly of "E" Company, 129th Infantry Regiment:

My Dear Mrs. Halvorson:

Allow me to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you in your great loss. I realize there is nothing I can say or do to alleviate your grief. I wish to tell you the circumstances surrounding Glenn's death, however, for I feel that such an account may be of comfort to you.

Our unit was making an attack on Japanese held positions a Fort Stotsenburg
(sic), Luzon, Philippine Islands, on the afternoon of January 30. When the platoon of which Glenn was a member was held up by enemy machine gun fire, Glenn, who was serving as a scout for his platoon, crawled forward to determine the source of the enemy fire. To accomplish this he had to expose himself and in so doing he was mortally wounded.

Glenn was interred with full military honors in an American Cemetery here on Luzon, Philippine Islands, and burial rites were conducted by an Army Protestant Chaplain.

To those of us who knew Glenn so intimately and had fought with him on previous combat missions his passing was a hard blow. He was an outstanding soldier and was ever thoughtful of his fellow men. His actions, both in combat and garrison duty, brought credit to himself and served as an inspiration to others.

The officers and enlisted men of this company also join me in expressing their deepest sympathy to you.


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Glenn's remains were returned to Minnesota in 1948 and he was reburied in the family plot at Bethel Cemetery near Hoffman, Minnesota. Glenn was preceded in death by his father; two half-sisters and one half-brother. He was survived by his mother; his brother, PFC Norman Halvorson; two half-sisters and one half-brother.

His brother, Norman, served with the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion in North Africa, Italy and Central Europe. Norman survived the war. When he passed away in 1998, Norman was buried alongside his brother.

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Be at peace, soldiers. We thank you for all you sacrificed.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:46 PM

:poppy:

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:27 AM

No matter how many times I hear about the bravery of such men, each story still tears at my heart even as it makes me proud.

That some people knowingly lay down their lives for their buddies and for strangers and for generations to come, is overwhelming and humbling.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:53 AM

Thanks, Biak & Clem for your kind remarks. One of the things that I failed to mention (I thought I was getting too wordy) is that Glenn was taking correspondence courses in journalism through the University of Minnesota even while he was serving overseas. He planned to attend the University after he came home from the war. In December of 1944, about a month before he was killed, he wrote home stating that he had received "A" and "B" grades in the course work he had completed.

It amazes me that, despite all he had been through, he still had hope for the future. Perhaps that is something we can all take from the way Glenn lived his life. No matter how dark the clouds, or how loud the thunder or how stinging the rain, there will be a rainbow on the other side. That is the promise and the hope given to us.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:09 AM

"No matter how dark the clouds, or how loud the thunder or how stinging the rain, there will be a rainbow on the other side. That is the promise and the hope given to us."


You just got some reputation points for that * ! Well said and my hats off to you and your Family!

*Soon as I get some more to spread around :)
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:56 AM

That adds an additional element of sadness, if that makes sense, when you read about their plans for their future. It is the death of the man he was, someone's loved one, and it is the death of all he might have been. That was a bit of what I wanted to convey, but didn't do very well, in my previous post. I had such a sense of loss reading that, I think because of the captain's description of his selfless sacrifice, I felt the loss of his life and his future.

Thank you for sharing his story. It is a story worth knowing.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:05 AM

I'm glad you posted.

Is he still in Luzon?

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:17 AM

Thank you for this very interesting article TD :)

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:30 PM

Is he still in Luzon?


No, Glenn's remains were returned in 1948 and buried near his father and two half-sisters, one being my Grandmother.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:57 PM

That adds an additional element of sadness, if that makes sense, when you read about their plans for their future. It is the death of the man he was, someone's loved one, and it is the death of all he might have been. That was a bit of what I wanted to convey, but didn't do very well, in my previous post. I had such a sense of loss reading that, I think because of the captain's description of his selfless sacrifice, I felt the loss of his life and his future.

Thank you for sharing his story. It is a story worth knowing.


I agree with you, Clementine, and I think you communicated very well in your previous post. It is very sad to think of what he could have done with the rest of his life. No doubt with his positive outlook and his love for printing and journalism, he would have been very successful in whatever he did. Ironically, as you have pointed out, that is what makes his story so sad.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:07 AM

It was 67 years ago that PFC Glenn W. Halvorson fell on the field of battle.

Be at peace, Glenn, and thank you for your sacrifice.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:42 AM

A salute to PFC Halvorson.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:42 AM

My mother got some photos from one of her cousins and included was the following photo of my great uncle Glenn some time in the late 1930s.

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I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my :posts-1000:th post than to post a picture of the man who is the reason I originally found and joined the best Forum on the internet.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:57 AM

Congrats on reaching One Thousand, being promoted to Trustee, and posting a great picture!
Well two out of three ain't bad.
Great picture and many good posts!

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:08 AM

Congrats on reaching One Thousand, being promoted to Trustee, and posting a great picture!
Well two out of three ain't bad.
Great picture and many good posts!

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Thanks, Biak. It's nice to know I can count on you keep me humble. ;)

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:21 AM

That's a heck of a story, sir. Thank you for sharing it.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:51 AM

Thank you for the kind words. Actually, I have some more bits & pieces to add as soon as I get my act together. ;)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:48 AM

Have you found out any more on the FF aspect?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

Not yet. Work has picked up a bit, so time has been limited lately. I will probably start a new thread for that discussion when the time comes.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:12 AM

Work? What is this work thing? Get to it, man

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

Hey, Lou. Gimme a break. Being a Walmart greeter is not exactly a piece of cake. ;)

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:13 AM

Another Memorial Day coming up. Hope to make a trip out to Bethel Cemetery on Monday if the weather isn't too lousy.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 01:04 AM

Stopped by the cemetery to visit Glenn & Bud. My mother and her sister were by earlier in the week and put flowers on the family graves.

 

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You are not forgotten, Glenn.  Be at peace.  :S!


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:17 AM

I recently "rediscovered" a newspaper clipping I had been given some time ago. The article was about a letter that was sent to Glenn's mother by one of his high school classmates who was serving in the Philippines.

 

When I re-read the letter, I found it so moving and poignant that I needed to add it to this thread.  I have also included some photos which seem to naturally fit in with the letter. My thanks to kerrd5 who provided me with the War Department photos of the Santa Barbara Cemetery on Luzon.

 

 

The Corporal Wallace P. Olson Letter

29 June 1945

 

 

"I am sending this letter to my sister, Ruth, to give to you. Ruth sent me the news of Glenn's death, as well as the writeup from the Hoffman Tribune. I am sorry to learn of this, and my sympathy to you -- especially for this loss.

 

 

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I am writing to tell you I have been to the cemetery where Glenn is buried. I found his grave and cross by going to the officer in charge of this cemetery. I also received permission to take pictures and though the day was not too good for pictures, I did take some. I took three close-up pictures of Glenn's cross and if I can send them home I will do so. If not allowed to do so, because of censorship, I will keep them with me until I get home, or send them with a pal who returns to the States. These pictures will be for you, and when I do get home and to Hoffman I will come and see you, and tell you personally about Glenn's resting place.

 

 

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The cemetery is about two miles away from a little town, near a highway. The land is very level."

 

 

(Continued in next post)

 


Edited by TD-Tommy776, 16 July 2014 - 12:13 AM.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:17 AM

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"There are coconut trees, and other trees, giving some shade in the cemetery itself, and a chapel near the entrance, too. The roads and walks leading to the entrance will soon be paved.

 

 

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The lawn is very green and all the crosses are painted white. Filipino workers keep the grass in perfect condition all of the time. The flag is flying every day at the entrance to the cemetery.

 

 

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Glenn's cross has his name printed on it. It is my desire to get a good picture of his cross and one of the flag for you. I shall try to get one if at all possible.

 

I haven't had a chance to see Glenn since 1939. I knew where he was while in the service, and I kept track of him that way. While at his grave I could not think of war, and all this worldly trouble, but I thought of our high school basketball days and our life in Hoffman. We fellows in the service will realize more and more these losses when we return home.

 

Know that the cause for which Glenn died is honored over all the world by all free people, and because he has gone, many more of us will be able to fight the enemy on their own soil. I will never forget Glenn, or his grave and his cross. Will tell you more about his resting place when I get home."


Edited by TD-Tommy776, 16 July 2014 - 12:15 AM.

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