Remembering SP4 Glen Frederick Merrihew

SP4 Glen Frederick Merrihew
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
Place of Burial: Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC
Killed In Action: 11 FEB 1962 – Vietnam War
SP4 Glen “Johnnie” Merrihew was a PSYWAR specialist assigned to the PSYWAR Department, Operations and Training (CATO), Military Assistance Advisory Group Vietnam, in Saigon, South Vietnam. Before recruitment into Psychological Warfare, he had previous training with the engineers and service as an ordnance administrator.
On 11 FEB 1962, Johnnie was part of a PSYWAR team, including 2LT Walling, on an SC-47 (tail # 15732) of the 1st Air Commando Wing under Operation Farm Gate. The two soldiers were conducting a leaflet drop over the Vietnamese Central Highlands located in Bảo Lộc, Lâm Đồng Province, South Vietnam, containing Lunar New Year celebration messages from U.S. President Kennedy and South Vietnam President Diem. Around 0800 local time the aircraft received enemy fire causing catastrophic damage to the aircraft which subsequently crashed killing all eight onboard.
Johnnie was the first resident of Florida killed and among the earliest U.S. service members/special operators killed in the Vietnam War.
He shares his burial plot with Air Force TSGT Floyd Frazier, another casualty of the crash. Beaufort National Cemetery was selected as the in-between location for both families, as proscribed by Army Mortuary Affairs. SP4 Merrihew’s older sister agreed to the location so it would be closer to TSGT Frazier’s wife and children, who resided in NC.
Johnnie was posthumously awarded the Army Presidential Unit Citation, Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Aircrew Wings, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
His name is inscribed on Panel 1E Line 7 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
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