Private First Class James R. Glidewell, deceased, Killed in Action, US Army, World War II. Private First Class Glidewell is from rural route 5, Jonesboro. Some of his awards include the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Purple Heart. Private First Class Glidewell was a farm hand when called to active duty in the U.S. Army one month following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Three years later, he was a member of Company I, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division on Luzon Island, the Philippines.
Private First Class Glidewell’s narrative for receiving the Silver Star reads, “For gallantry in action against the enemy near (Location Classified), on 4 February 1945. Private Glidewell located an enemy concrete pillbox from which our troops were receiving intense machine gun fire. He then crawled forward of our front lines, killing several of the enemy with his browning automatic rifle enroute, until he had reached a point from which he could throw grenades into the pillbox. Before he had an opportunity to destroy the enemy installation, he was fatally wound by sniper fire. Private Glidewell’s cool courage and unselfish devotion to duty reflect high credit upon the military service."