Stephen Donald Gleckler

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
02 March 1942 - 29 July 1969
Salem, Oregon
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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06 Apr 2008

Stephen is my father and I am very proud of his service and sacrifice. He was a few days short of Deros and had just come back from R&R with my Mom in Hawaii. His assignment was at the Battalion TOC. He had already checked in his M-16 when word came of the contact, he borrowed another M-16 and caught the chopper to the canal. He didn't even volunteer for the duty - he just went which is how he ended up with Delta Co. He lived up to and added to the proud Wolfhound Heritage.

From his son,
Chris Van Lierop

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 29 July 1969 the 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry lost eight men in an engagement on the Bo Bo Canal about 6 kilometers west of Tra Cu:
  • MAJ James C. Kotrc, Omaha, NE (Dist Svc Cross)
  • CPT Bruce M. Langaunet, Missoula, MT
  • SFC Stephen D. Gleckler, Salem, OR
  • SGT Larry L. Riddle, Minneapolis, MN
  • CPL Joseph P. Ruebel, Los Angeles, CA
  • CPL Randall M. Denton, Lawrence, MA
  • CPL John E. Hisey, Marysville, OH
  • SP4 Kris E. Shaw, Rockford, IL

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
Chris Van Lierop

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/16/2008