GARDNER, GLENN VIRGIL Name: Glenn Virgil Gardner Rank/Branch: E2/US Army Unit: Company B, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 99th Light Infantry Brigade Date of Birth: 14 August 1947 (Sanger CA) Home City of Record: San Bernardino CA Date of Loss: 25 November 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 072730N 1052612E (WP482244) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: water Refno: 0528 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: JUMPED OVERBOARD CACCF: Non-hostile, died of other causes, SUICIDE SYNOPSIS: Private Glenn Gardner was a member of Company B, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 99th LIB. He was a passenger on troop carrier USNS Daniel I. Salton en route to Vietnam when he jumped overboard and drowned. On several occasions, Gardner had threatened to take his life, and to jump overboard. On this day, he was last seen at 1730 hours, and was reported missing at approximately 1800 hours following a roll call in which he did not respond. A search was mounted immediately and continued through the night until 1000 hours the next day with no results. Gardner was presumed dead, and it was determined his body could not be recovered. The Vietnam War touched many lives. Tens of thousands of families lost loved ones in battle deaths. Tens of thousands saw their sons and brothers come home maimed physically and mentally from the wounds and torments of the savagry of war. Some received telegrams that their loved ones drowned in recreation; a few learned their sons died from drug overdose; and some learned their sons, for unknown reasons chose to end their lives in Vietnam. As long as man has been, war has been. As a society, we tend to bury the unpleasant aspects of war and concentrate on the victory. In Vietnam, we have only a hollow "Peace with Honor" and must instead, focus on the warriors - men who willingly served their country when called. Men whose lives we used as the price for our freedom. The most tragic of all the warriors are those who still wait, captive and abandoned by their country in prisons and camps in Southeast Asia. In abandoning them, we have made the deaths and suffering of thousands a frivolous waste. We must never neglect the duty we have to the men who must someday answer their country's call.