Glenn Franklin Owens, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Glenn Franklin Owens
Seaman Second Class, US Navy Reserve
Date of Birth: July 24, 1922
Date of Death: June 6, 1942
Burial: Buried at Sea (Pacific Ocean)
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Date of Enlistment: November 14, 1941
Monument: Tablets of The Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Local Young Man Victim of Action On Pacific Front
Parents of Glenn Owen, 19, Receive Word Sailor Son is Killed

The name of another Porter county youth was added Saturday to the list of the nation's dead in the battle of the Pacific.

Yonley A. Owens, 654 Greenwich street received official notification from the Navy Department at Washington, D. C., that his son, Glenn, age 19, was killed in action. No further details were given.

Young Owens was employed for several years at the Vidette-Messenger office in the mailing department and also carried a paper route before entering the service.

He was graduated from the Valparaiso high school in the class of 1940. In November, 1941, before the attack on Pearl Harbor, he entered in the navy and was sent to Great Lakes, Ill. Later he was transferred to Charleston, S. C., where he was assigned to a destroyer. His boat was sent to the Pacific area.

Recall Recent Letter

The last word from the young naval hero was received here by the family 15 days ago. At that time he reported he was well and told of some of his duties on the ship. Because of naval secrecy he was unable to tell the location of the vessel.

Mrs. Owens, mother of Glenn, was visiting relatives at Hagerstown, Ill., when the message was received here. All efforts to contact her through radio and wire messages have so far failed.

Young Owens was born in Chicago and would have reached his 20th birthday July 24 next.

He is the fifth Porter county youth to be listed as killed or missing in World War Number 2.

Surviving besides his parents are four sisters, Lorna, Elaine, Ethel, and Genevieve and one brother, Billy.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 22, 1942; Volume 15, Page 1 Column 8

Glenn Owens Is Buried At Sea, Report

The name of Glenn Owens, seaman, 2nd class, was officially added to the honor roll of Porter county's illustrous war heroes, when the Navy Department announced today that the Valparaiso youth had been killed in action.

Mr. and Mrs. Yonley Artimice Owens, 604 Greenwich street, parents of Glenn, received word on June 20 last of his death in a notice from the Navy Department. Latter a letter was received from Ross T. McIntire, Rear Admiral (MC), Surgeon General, U. S. Navy, informing them that the death of their son was a result of injuries received while in action against the enemy. Conditions of the battle made burial at sea a necessity, the missive stated.

Young Owens was the fifth Porter county man to be listed in the casualty reports since Pearl Harbor.

Came Here in 1923

He was born on July 24, 1922, in Chicago, and came to Valparaiso with his parents in April, 1923. He attended the city schools and was graduated from Valparaiso high school in 1940. His school career was marked with a perfect attendance record for the last seven years, a feat of which he was proud.

He was employed at The Vidette-Messenger office for four years and later at the Continental Diamond Fibre company for 15 months. His ambition was to become a linotypist.

Joining the navy on Nov. 14, 1941, at Great Lakes, Ill., he was assigned to a ship sent to sea on Dec. 17, 1941. His boat was shortly afterward sent to the Pacific area, where he met his death in the early part of June.

Besides his parents, four sisters, Lorna, Elaine, Ethel and Genevieve, and one brother, Billy, are left to mourn the loss of a brave son and brother.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; July 14, 1942; Volume 16, Page 1 Column 2

Ten Porter County Men Dead Or Missing Since U. S. Went Into War Against Japan

"Remember Pearl Harbor" Today Valparaiso and Porter county citizens remembers that event which transpired just a year ago today when a Japanese air squadron, more than 100 strong, roared out of a peaceful sky to deal destruction and death to American warships, air dromes and U. S. fighting men at Pearl Harbor.

With quietness and an air of solemnity, citizens recalled dastardly Japanese sneak attack and resolved to "Remember Pearl Harbor" as their battlecry to retaliate in full measure to the Japanese for their treachery in causing the unwarranted deaths of several thousand brave members of the U. S. fighting forces.

Not until yesterday was the full extent of the carnage at Pearl Harbor revealed to the public on the theory that such information would have proved valuable to the enemy.

Local Youth Wounded

Porter county had only one casualty at Pearl Harbor. He was Harold Lenburg, of Valparaiso, who was critically wounded in the onslaught. Lenburg spent considerable time in hospitals recovering from his wounds before he was able to return home. He is recipient of the Purple Heart award.

Since that eventful day a year ago in the Pacific, ten Porter county men have been included in the government's casualty lists as killed in action or missing.

First to answer the summons was Charles McKindred Proffitt, gunner on the U. S. destroyer Jacob Jones, which was torpedoes in the Atlantic in September.

DeForest Dye, a member of the Navy, was next reported missing in the Pacific in March. Then in May, Capt. Robert F. Ruge, of the Marine Corps, was reported missing. Ruge had been on Bataan and Corregidor just before U. S. forces on those points capitulated to the Japanese. Later he was promoted to the rank of major.

Hebron Youth Missing

Another Porter county man stationed at Corregidor, Joseph Twa, of Hebron, was also reported missing. In both the Ruge and Twa announcements it was not known whether they were killed or captured. No further word has been received.

Next to be added to the honor roll of Porter county was the name of Glen Owens, of Valparaiso. He was reported killed in action in the Pacific in June. His body was buried at sea.

Soon after the announcement of young Owens' death, came word that John Hales Bates of Hebron was missing from a carrier in the Pacific. He was a member of the U. S. air service.

Another man to pay the supreme sacrifice was Howard L. Pumroy, of Kouts. Pumroy was reported killed in the Solomons while fighting with the marines.

John Jacob Birky, student pilot of the Royal Canadian Air Force residing on Valparaiso RFD 3, was killed at Centralia, Ontario, in October when a plane which he was flying during night practice crashed. The body was brought to this city for memorial services.

Capt. William H. Chambers of the U. S. air force was reported missing in action since Oct. 19. He was believed to have been in Alaska region.

The latest casualty reported was Pvt. First Class Edward Smith of Valparaiso. He was reported killed in action in the South Pacific on Nov. 18.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 7, 1942; Volume 16, Page 1 Column 6

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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