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Glenn Vincent Davey

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Glenn Vincent Davey

"Yes, a soldier, brave and true, gave his life for me and you."

Joanna Hesse (sister)

Glenn Vincent Davey was born April 24, 1947, at Junction, West Virginia, the seventh of twelve children born to James E. and Margaret Rinker Davey. Glenn attended Mill Creek Grade School and Hampshire High School. His boyhood activities were hunting and fishing and later he enjoyed doing mechanical work on his car.

Glenn enlisted in the Army in May 1966 when a senior in high school, and, according to his sister, he loved the Army and probably would have made it his career. He trained at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and Fort Polk, Louisiana, before he began his tour of duty in December 1966. While in Vietnam he served with Company C, 16th Infantry, of the 1st Division.

On June 27, 1967, Glenn was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions while on a mission to evacuate casualties which resulted from a fire fight with the Viet Cong near Chi Linh. He was credited with saving his men. On July 1, he was promoted to sergeant. Six days later Sergeant Glenn Davey was fatally wounded by fragment from a Viet Cong Claymore Mine.
Bronze Star citation
Bronze Star citation

Letter from William Windham
Letter, Maj. William J. Windham
to Margaret Davey
Sergeant Davey's body was returned to the United States and he was buried in the Davey Family Cemetery in Junction.

In January of 1968 Sergeant Glenn Davey's parents were presented with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart awarded to their son. The ceremony took place at the American Legion Home in Romney, West Virginia.

Margaret Davey's dying wish had been that her son's military medals, which had been collected and stored in a display case, would be placed in the Hampshire County Courthouse. In November 1995 this wish was fulfilled.
Hampshire Review article
Hampshire Review article,
November 1, 1995

Poem by Joanna Hesse on brother
Poem by Joanna Hesse
Sergeant Davey's sister, Joanna Hesse, wrote a poem dedicated to her brother and another one dedicated to Gold Star mothers.
Poem by Joanna Hesse on mother
Poem by Joanna Hesse


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