Glen-York-Obituary

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Glen P. York

Aug 31, 1928 - May 3, 2014

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Major York was true hero. I flew with him in the Jolly Greens.
We were involved in two significant rescues during our tour.
One was known as Pardo's Push and the other was the rescue of Lt. Larry Duthie. Major York played a significant role in the successful completion of both rescues.

I was a flight engineer and flew CSAR With Major York in Laos in 1967. Major York was one of the finest pilots there ever was. His skills have saved a lot of lives, including mine. Ted Zerbe, Flight Engineer, Jolly Green Giants

Glen York was a true hero. I flew with him in the Jolly Greens and am saddened to hear of his passing.

Indeed, Glen York was a hero who stood out among many brave men. He rescued a number of downed pilots and crewmen during his time as a Jolly Green H-3 aircraft commander during the Vietnam War. I was the Navy pilot whose rescue resulted in his award for the Air Force Cross. In the photo posted by Billy Walker above, you see Glen in the center. He is not smiling, because at the moment the photo was shot, he was planning another rescue attempt for my wingman, who had been shot down 12 minutes...

Saving Lt. Duthie

Maj. Glen York is a true American hero. Maj. York rescued my buddy, Larry Duthie, from certain capture by the N. Vietnamese after ejecting from his burning Skyhawk. For this Maj. York was awarded the Air Force Cross our nations second highest award for valor.

Blue Skies & Tailwinds on your Flight West Sir!

Obituary

Glen's Obituary

Glen P. York85, of Tempe Arizona passed away on May 3, 2014. Maj. York was born on August 31, 1928 in Enterprise, Oregon to Perry and Philomena York. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and had a varied aviation career flying B-29 Superfortress, B-47 Stratojet, RB-66 Destroyer, T-33 Thunderbird, HH-3E Jolly Green Giant Helicopter and test pilot for Hughes Aircraft flying the Hughes 500. He received the Air Force Cross, 2nd highest military award, for displaying incredible courage for recovering a downed Navy pilot, while under heavy enemy fire. In addition he was awarded a remarkable six Air Medals for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial combat, and the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action. Glen was predeceased by his loving wife, Anita. He is survived by his children Vivian Keller, Glen P. York, Jr., and Diana Klien, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His urn will be laid to rest beside Anita in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at date TBD. Arrangemeents entrusted to Tempe Mortuary, Tempe, AZ.

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