Re­mem­ber­ing lo­cal heroes who died in the con­flict Johnny Glo­rioso re­mem­bered for his joy

North Penn Life - - VOICES FROM VIETNAM - By Jennifer Con­nor

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com A mDtFKLnJ SDLU RI 1957 CKevys EURuJKt tKe twR sRRn-tR-Ee sRlGLeUs tRJetKeU Ln 1965. :KLle Dt tKe Blue Spruce Diner on Main Street Ln LDn­sGDle, wKeUe “eveUyERGy KunJ Rut,” -RKnny Kof­fel met Johnny Glo­rioso tKURuJK Dn exFKDnJe DERut the ve­hi­cles. Kof­fel had a Elue CKevy, wKLle GlRULRsR’s wDs mDURRn.

The Johnnys shared more than cars — they also sKDUeG JLUlIULenGs.

:Ken tKey fiUst met, .RIIel wDs GDtLnJ DRnnD DnG GlRULRsR wDs GDtLnJ 5eJLnD, tKen tKey tRRk tR lLkLnJ tKe RtKeU’s JLUlIULenG, DFFRUGLnJ tR .RIIel.

It ended up that Kof­fel mDUULeG 5eJLnD DnG GlRULRsR mDUULeG DRnnD 2veUKRltzeU RI NRUtK :Dles Ln ASULl 1967.

They met in the prime of tKeLU lLves, sKDULnJ D veUy KDSSy tLme Must EeIRUe ERtK weUe GUDIteG tR seUve IRU tKe U.6. AUmy Ln 9Let­nDm.

“5umRU wDs LI yRu JRt mDUULeG yRu wRulGn’t Jet GUDIteG,” .RIIel sDLG Ln D UeFent SKRne Ln­teUvLew. “,nsteDG, , sSent my KR­neym­RRn wLtK 500 men.”

.RIIel mDGe Lt tKURuJK, wKLle GlRULRsR wDs kLlleG Ln ASULl 1968 DURunG KLs RneyeDU weGGLnJ Dn­nLveUsDUy.

GlRULRsR, wKR seUveG Ds D tDnk Jun­neU, wDs kLlleG wKen KLs tDnk wDs KLt Ey D 9Let CRnJ URFket, DFFRUGLnJ Dn DUtLFle Ln 7Ke 5eporter ar­chives.

NRw 65, .RIIel Ls KeDvily in­volved in lo­cal vet­er­ans ac­tiv­i­ties and is a memEeU Dt tKe HDt­fielG 9F:. He GRes eveUytKLnJ IURm ULGe mRtRUFyFles wLtK tKe FULenGs RI tKe FRUJRt­ten DnG 5Rl­lLnJ 7KunGeU tR DDt ELJ events Dt vDULRus lRFDl 9F:s.

“-RKnny wDs UeDlly well lLkeG,” .RIIel sDLG. “He wDs well knRwn DnG KDG D EuEEly, KDSSy DnG RutJRLnJ SeUsRnDlLty — D UeDlly Iun SeUsRn.”

7Ke twR lRst tRuFK DURunG tKe tLme .RIIel wDs drafted.

.RIIel, wKR JRt mDUULeG 2Ft. 22, 1966, wDs GUDIteG sKRUtly DIteU DnG KDG twR weeks tR SUeSDUe — leDvLnJ tR MRLn tKe U.6. AUmy Rn NRv. 22.

He tULeG tR FRm­munLFDte wLtK GlRULRsR wKLle RveUseDs Eut wDs un­suFFessIul. :Ken .RIIel Ue­tuUneG Ke IRunG Rut GlRULRsR wDs killed.

“:e weUe JRRG IULenGs,” .RIIel sDLG. “He wDs UeDlly well knRwn Ln LDn­sGDle IRU EeLnJ veUy SRSulDU, veUy happy and a very out­spo­ken SeUsRn.”

GlRULRsR JUDGuDteG IURm NRUtK 3enn HLJK 6FKRRl Ln 1966 DnG Ds D teenDJeU sSent KLs sum­meUs GULvLnJ an ice cream truck in Lan­sGDle, D MRE KLs SDUents tRlG The Re­porter he loved.

The loss of their son Rnly DGGeG tR tKe JULeI tKe GlRULRsRs Ielt DERut lRsLnJ their only other child. Their GDuJKteU DDU­lene wDs kLlleG Ln 1966 Ln Dn DutR DFFLGent Dt DJe 4.

“, Must FDn’t Jet RveU Dll tKe lLves tKDt weUe lRst,” .RIIel sDLG. “,t Must seems lLke D wDste — we weUe sup­posed to stop Com­munLsm DnG , GRn’t see wKeUe tKDt JRt us.”

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