Name: Gary Alven Glandon
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: (Unknown per USAF)
Date of Birth: 17 April 1940
Home City of Record: Powell TN
Date of Loss: 26 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135342N 1991442E (CR104367)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Refno: 0346
Other Personnel in Incident: Terrance H. Griffey (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 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 2002.
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. Terrance H. Griffey was the pilot and 1Lt. Gary A. Glandon
his weapons systems officer on an F4C Phantom sent on a bombing mission on
May 26, 1966. The aircraft was number two in a flight of three. After making
the bombing run over the target, Griffey's aircraft was observed to burst
into flames and explode. The aircraft burned in the air, impacted the ground
and disintegrated into small pieces. The location of the crash was on the
coast of South Vietnam about 10 miles northeast of the city of Qui Nhon in
Binh Dinh Province. Both men were thought to have been killed and to have
gone down with the aircraft.
These two young officers were among the nearly 3000 Americans who were
missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for at the end of the Vietnam
war. Griffey, 25, who had excelled at football at the Air Force Academy was
just beginning an Air Force career. Glandon, a native Tennessean, had just
turned 26. They are among roughly 58,000 men who died in Vietnam -- men who
become statistics from the sheer enormity of the numbers.
Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, nearly 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in
Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having
examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded
that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago
Griffey and Glandon apparently did not survive the crash of their aircraft
to be captured, and cannot be among those thought to be still alive today.
What is certain, however, is that as long as even one American remains
alive, held against his will, we owe him our very best efforts to bring him
to freedom.
Terrance H. Griffey graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1962.