Honoring Fallen Comrade
Oscar C. Fitzhenry
Oscar Charles Fitzhenry (Lt. Col., USAF Ret.), 98, of Isle of Palms, SC, went to his Heavenly Father on Friday, April 24, 2020. He has been added to the list of fallen comrades yet reunited with other WWII vets from our post who went before him.
Oscar was born August 3, 1921 in Yoakum, Texas, to the late Oliver Columbus Fitzhenry and Daisy Roden Fitzhenry. Raised on a ranch close to Victoria, Texas, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Deployed in 1943 in the Pacific at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, he served in the 5th Bomb Group of the 72nd Bomb Squadron. As a B-24 Liberator pilot, he flew over 64 missions, earning 10 Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. After his service in World War II, he married the late Ruth Phyllis Burton on February 17, 1945. They were married for sixty-eight years and raised four children together. Oscar continued to serve his country in the United States Air Force until he retired to Charleston, SC in 1961. He then became a knowledgeable financial advisor and real estate developer.
He and Ruth were active in the Republican Party. Oscar had a strong Christian faith which he was excited to share. He maintained an active life through his 98th birthday, regularly attending church and the Friday night VFW on Isle of Palms. Two of his passions were sailing and snow skiing. His last ski trip was with his grandson James to Utah in 2018. He was a beloved Christian father, grandfather and great grandfather. Oscar is survived by two sons, Charles Michael Fitzhenry and his wife, Dottie, of Summerville, SC and Mark Burton Fitzhenry and his wife, Wendy, of Charleston, SC; two daughters, Sharon Lee Fitzhenry of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Linda Fitzhenry Campbell and her husband, Ron, of Seattle, WA; eleven grandchildren including Charles Michael Fitzhenry, II, and wife, Jill, of Charleston, SC, Mary-Margaret Fitzhenry Noland and her husband, Carter, of Marietta, GA, Lauren Fitzhenry Zimmerman and her husband, Tait, of Wasilla, Alaska, Leslie Fitzhenry O'Steen and husband, Brooks, of Naples, Italy, and Austin Mark Fitzhenry, Shannon Michelle Fitzhenry, Katelyn Grace Fitzhenry, each of Charleston, SC. Also James David Campbell of Hermosa Beach, CA, John Daniel Campbell and his wife, Kristen, of Tacoma, WA, Luke Joseph Campbell and his wife, Alyson, of Seattle, WA, and Renee Campbell Gardener and her husband, Jens, of Normandy Park, WA. He leaves nine great grandsons, Tait, Miles, Matthew and Ian Zimmerman; Stratton Noland; Charles, III, Maxwell, and Tucker Fitzhenry; and Benjamin Gardner. He also leaves five great granddaughters, Madelyn and Collette Zimmerman; Avery and Haley Campbell and Anneli Gardner; also a niece and two nephews of his late sister, Josephine Fitzhenry Hodge of Kerrville, TX. A private grave side service will be held this week at the Carolina Memorial Park.
A memorial service is planned for a later date at the VFW 3137 of Isle of Palms. Arrangements are being handled by Carolina Memorial Funerals & Cremation, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406.
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Honoring Fallen Comrade
Curtis Glenn, 98, passed away on April 13, 2020, League City, Texas of natural causes. He has been added to the list of fallen comrades yet reunited with other WWII vets from our post who went before him.
He was the widower of Gythe Kirsten "Tutter" Glenn. They were married on March 8, 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After 62 years of marriage, Tutter preceded him in 2009. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, 1921, he emigrated to the United States in 1932 to Brooklyn, New York. Enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at the outbreak of WWII. Member of the IX Troop Carrier Command, he participated in the invasions of Egypt-Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, Rhineland-Normandy. He was awarded Basic Parachutist Badge, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/Bronze Star. In 1944 he was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) stationed in London, England. At wars end he transitioned to Central Intelligence Group (CIG) precursor to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After graduating from Wagner College in 1951, he returned to the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as an Intelligence Officer in Europe, Head Quarters Langley, Virginia, and South East Asia-Vietnam. Upon retirement from the CIA as a Senior Intelligence Officer after 31 years of service, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren, reading, writing, following politics and caring for his beloved Tutter. In 2018 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal as a surviving member of the OSS. The organization was headed by General "Wild" Bill Donovan who was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross in WWI. The men and women who served with the OSS were noted to have performed "heroically and valiantly in their role defeating the Axis powers of WWII." He is survived and missed by his children and their spouses, Susan Robeck & Stephen Robeck, Stephan P. Glenn & Charlene Glenn, Loraine Goeller & Jimi Goeller, Daniel A. Glenn & Leslie Glenn; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The formal funeral services and interment will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia in the fall of 2020.
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