In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Airman Third Class Dallas, South Dakota
Gregory County

May 16, 1933 – July 15, 1954
Missing in Action, Presumed Dead in Korea


Glen Frederick Story was born in O’Kreek, Todd County, South Dakota on May 16, 1933, to Joseph and Bertha Georgiann (Totten) Story. He had nine siblings: William, Ernest, Jasper, Buddy, Melba, Dorothy, Ruby, Vera, and Joyce. His father was killed by a hit and run driver on March 24, 1937, one mile north of Norris. His mother later married Ed Beauchamp, who had eight children of his own: Don, Wayne, Ferrel, Goldie, Bernita, Pearl, Lorraine, and Ralph. The family lived near Herrick in Gregory County. Glen attended schools in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1950.

After he graduated from high school, Glen moved to Rapid City and worked for Black Hills Glass where his brother-in-law Bill Ingram worked. At that time, a terrible hail storm broke many windows and Glen worked at the Rapid City Air Base replacing them. This led to his interest and eventual enlistment in the Air Force. Glen is remembered by his family for being kind and courteous. In fact, he once refused to pass the food at the dinner table until his niece said “Please.” His family says that “Glen loved life and loved to play tricks on people.” Before he went into the service, Glen was engaged, but broke the engagement just before he left.

On March 1, 1952, Glen Frederick Story entered the active service in Rapid City. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he received his training as part of Flight 373, 3724 Training Squadron. He became a flight engineer on a B-26 in the 13th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing. He went overseas on January 2, 1953, and was stationed at the Kunsan Air Force Base in Korea. His job was to “give aid to ground forces and machine gunners.”

In his last letter home, dated May 7, 1953, on stationary bearing the 13th Bombardment Squadron letterhead, Glen wrote to his sister Vera and her family:

Boy, I’ve had it. I haven’t written a letter for so long even the guy that sleeps above me has been noticing it. He rides me every night to write.

I’ve had an envelope here addressed to you. I’ve had it addressed for about two weeks but just can’t talk myself into writing a letter.

It’s been raining here just about steady all day. I don’t think that it will ever quit.

I still haven’t gone on R & R. The one on the 2 May was cancelled so I’m going on the 15th now. I’ll make up for that when I get there though.…

We had a little spat with a boy in the barracks today. He was on night duty so he was sleeping. We tied him in bed with his mosquito netting. Boy he was really mad when he got out. Gosh, If we didn’t have some fun once in awhile we’d all go crazy. But, he didn’t think that it was so funny.

…Well, it’s after 10 and I have to be up at 6 so I will have to sign off….Love, Glen

On July 14, 1953, his sister Vera sat down to write a letter to Glen. It was returned to her on July 29, 1953 with MISSING stamped on it:

    


U.S. Air Force Airman Third Class Glen Frederick Story was on a night mission aboard a B-26C on July 14, 1953. Between Sinanju and Pyongyang, North Korea, contact was lost with the aircraft. No further word was received. His mother first got word that Glen was missing in action but on July 15, 1954, he was declared presumed dead in Korea. His body has never been recovered. He was just 20 years old. He and the other three members of his crew were the last battle deaths of his 3rd Bomber Wing.

Airman Third Class Glen Story was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Four of the five sons of Joe and Bertha Story served their country, and the other would have had he not suffered from severe health problems.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 29, 2004. The information for this entry was provided by the Gregory Times- Advocate, July 16, 1953 issue; the SD National Guard Museum via Kate DeMers, niece; the ABMC site; and an application for the South Dakotan veteran’s bonus. Additional information and profile approval by Kate Demers.