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PFC Glen Henry Trout

PFC Glen Henry Trout

Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
Burial Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 47527011 · View Source
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Glen Henry TROUT was born 14 Jun 1923 in Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Twp, Jefferson, Illinois, the son of Henry M. TROUT (1886-1929) and Florence HENLY (1890-1977).

Glen is not known to have married.

Glen Henry TROUT enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 2 Jul 1942 at Centralia, Illinois, and then proceded to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for "boot camp." Upon completion of his highly accelerated war-time boot camp training, Glen joined Company "K," 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Pacific on 27 Aug 1942 where he continued infantry training. He was soon reported as being officially "in the field" on 20 Oct 1942, the day he sailed for combat operations in the South Pacific.

Private Glen H. TROUT had embarked on the USS Pogo at San Diego, California on 19 Oct 1942, sailing the next day for Wellington, New Zealand, arriving on 9 Nov and disembarking there on 15 Nov 1942. He then embarked on the USS President Adams at Wellington on 24 Dec 1942, sailing on 26 Dec for Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, where he participated in the amphibious landing and offensive combat operations against the Japanese from 4 Jan 1943 to 9 Feb 1943. Ten days after combat operations were secured, Pvt TROUT sailed back to Wellington, New Zealand, on the USS President Adams, disembarking on 27 Feb 1943.

On 21 in April 1943, Pvt. Glenn Henry TROUT was promoted to Private First Class (PFC).

PFC Glen TROUT next embarked on the USS Harris at Wellington, New Zealand on 24 Oct 1943, sailing on 1 Nov 1943 arriving at Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 20 Nov 1943, where he participated in the amphibious landing and offensive combat operations against Japanese-held Betio Island on Tarawa Atoll, the bloodiest single battle in Marine Corps history.

Private First Class Glen Henry TROUT, age 20 years, 5 months, and 10 days, was struck in the head by sniper fire and killed at 11am on 24 Nov 1943 during "mopping up" operations the day after formal combat operations had been declared "secured." Glen was temporarily buried in Grave #5, 6th Marines Cemetery #1 on Tarawa Atoll, but his remains were eventually recovered and returned home to his widowed mother, Florence HENLY TROUT, for re-burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois.

Glen Henry TROUT was a young patriot who died in the service of his country, and his tragic story is similar to so many other young American sons and daughters who so bravely served their country during World War II.

All gave some, some gave all.

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Gravesite Details Special thanks to Col. John T. Trout, Jr., for sharing Glen's service record details.
  • Created by: Craig H. Trout
  • Added: 3 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47527011
  • Craig H. Trout
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Glen Henry Trout (14 Jun 1923–24 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47527011, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Craig H. Trout (contributor 46822921) .