LEO'S NAVY MEMOIRS
1943 - 1962
Navy Chief Leo Sterle Glende, retired,
entered into rest on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Georgia War Veterans
Nursing Home. He was 87 years old. He was preceded into death by his beloved
wife of 32 years Margaret Marie Glende, and his parents Walter and Selma
Glende. He is survived by his daughters Kathryn Mills and husband Bonnie
Mills of Augusta, GA, Linda Kilbride and her husband Harry Kilbride of
Maricopa, AZ, Gail Rost of Champaign, IL, sons Isaiah Matthew of Bethel
Springs, TN, Jon Glende of Chesterfield, NH, Reed Glende of Champaign, IL ,
nine loving grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister Marlys Morken
of Winona, MN, brother Walter Glende in San Jose, Ca, and a host of nieces
and nephews. He considered it a great honor to have served in the military.
"For God and Country" is what he would always say when someone would thank
him for his service. He enlisted in the US Navy during WWII on March 13,
1943. He served in Attu, AK for 18 months and endured the invasion in the
bitter cold. From there he was transferred to Samar Island in the
Philippines, where he endured harsh heat. After that he enjoyed a varied and
interesting career as a court reporter. Some of the ships he served on were
the USS General A.E. Anderson, USS Thomas Jefferson, USS Preserver, USS
Briareus, and USS Bushnell. After serving 20 years in the Navy he worked for
the University of Illinois Illini Center. During his service in Brunswick,
Maine he was made an honorary member of the Order of the Arrow for his
volunteer work with the Boy Scouts. He was proud of his 37 years membership
in the American Legion where locally he belonged to Post 205. Because his
military service was so important to him, he made a website called "www.attukid.com"
which delightfully shows his military adventures. Friends are welcome to
visit the site and leave a comment using the email links. He will buried
alongside his wife in Muscatine, Iowa.
The following are remembrances of the military life of
Chief Leo S. Glende (aka: attukid)
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution
of the United States of America, and I will
obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy
and those who have gone before me to defend
freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat
team with honor, courage, and commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the
fair treatment of all.
Let the nations be awakened! - Joel 3:12
My tours with the United States Navy...
Winterized Jeep on Attu
Visit some of my favorite Attu links...
Thank you for honoring the men and woman of our military by
visiting this site about one who served our country.
Please feel free to comment through the email link.