GENE GLASCO, born in Los Angeles, CA, on February 10, 1948, and joined the USN on May 1, 1967. He underwent Counter-Insurgency Training and Vietnamese Language Instruction School at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, and Combat Weapons Training at USMC Camp Pendleton, CA, before arriving in South Vietnam, April 19, 1969. He was first attached to Naval Support Activity, Saigon, as a radioman in the Communications Center at Nha Be, located 15 miles southeast of Saigon near the Rung Sat Special Zone.
Having expressed his desire for a more active roll in fighting the communist infiltration of the Mekong Delta, Glasco was reassigned in November 1969 to a distant and primitive Advanced Tactical Support Base with River Division 532, 150 miles west of Saigon just inside the Vietnam/Cambodian border town of Ha Tien. While there, Glasco qualified as a Navy Operation Center Watch Stander and helped direct Seawolf helicopter cover attacks in support of his river divisions nightly patrol and ambush activities. When not calling in air strikes, Glasco often times accompanied regular PBR crew members on ambush/river patrols.
His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. Today, he is a food broker for Glasco and Associates in Southern California representing national and regional food manufacturers.
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