In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Mitchell, South Dakota
Davison County

October 27, 1929—June 30, 1953
Died non-battle in Sterling, Colorado


Howard Neal Glidden was born October 27, 1929, to Lester and Winifred Glidden at Platte, South Dakota. He had one brother, Stephen. Howard went to high school in Mitchell before joining the Army.

On February 26, 1947, while still 17 years old, Howard entered the service at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. On August 17, 1947, Howard Glidden went overseas, was stationed in Hawaii, was discharged while at Fort Shafter, Oahu, in Hawaii and then re-enlisted. He was shipped back to the United States for duty on December 20, 1948. He was again honorably discharged in November of 1951 and then reenlisted once more. Sergeant Glidden was a member of the 5101st Army Service Unit.

Sergeant Howard Neal Glidden died in a car accident in Sterling, Colorado, on June 30, 1953. He had been in the service for seven years. His body was returned to Mitchell and buried with military honors at Graceland Cemetery.

At the time of his death, Howard Glidden was survived by his mother, his brother, and two children, Babette and Lester.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Justice and Sheila Hansen, Spearfish School District, July 10, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, Daily Republic, 7/6/53 issue, and memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. No family contact made.