Veteran of the Week: Machinist Mate Jackie Glenn

Published 4:34 pm Monday, August 20, 2018

By MELANIE POOLE / Special to the Reporter

The Veteran of the Week is sponsored by the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor at the American Village — honoring America’s veterans and telling the stories of their service and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.

“The American Village is pleased to join the Shelby County Reporter in recognizing Jackie Glenn as Veteran of the Week,” American Village founder and CEO Tom Walker said. “He is representative of the hundreds of thousands of Alabamians who have risked it all for the sake of our country and its freedom. To all veterans we owe a debt we can never fully repay.”

Machinist Mate Jackie Glenn is being recognized as Veteran of the Week. (Contributed)

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Here are highlights about this week’s Veteran of the Week: Jackie Glenn was born in Jasper, AL in 1943. He now calls Pleasant Grove his hometown. Jackie joined the Navy in October 1962 and served until October 1968, receiving an honorable discharge. He had his boot camp training in San Diego, CA. After boot camp he was assigned to report to the USS Wright CC2 in Bremerton, WA. He served as machinist mate operator aboard ship. After about six months on the West Coast, his ship was reassigned to Norfolk, VA, traveling through the Panama Canal on the way to Norfolk. While stationed there, they would go out to sea on maneuvers for about eight weeks and return back to port. His ship visited places such as the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, New York and Rhode Island. Jackie was also a member of the USS Wright Softball Team.

Although Jackie Glenn did not serve during a time of war, he, like his fellow Armed Forces servicemen and women, was prepared should his Nation call upon him. Those who served in peacetime are no less deserving of our gratitude.

Melanie Poole is Communications Officer for the American Village and can be reached at