Navy Chief Leo Glende

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World War II Veteran AUGUSTA, Ga. - 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 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister Marlys Morken of Winona, MN, and brother Walter Glende of San Jose, Ca. He considered it a great honor to have served in the military. 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. 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. He was made an honorary member of the Order of the Arrow in Brunswick, Maine for his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts. He was a 37 year member of the American Legion. 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. He will buried alongside his wife in Muscatine, Iowa.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Jan. 1, 1900
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