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Veterans Sought for Marine’s Funeral

Veterans Sought for Marine's Funeral
Glenn M. Shelton 1949 – 2017

“Glenn M. Shelton, 68, formerly of Louisville, passed away November 26, 2017,” a Sunday obituary notice  announced. “He served in the United States Marines in Vietnam, earning a purple heart.”

I did not know Mr. Shelton. I still know nothing about him after searching for him on the internet. I do not know if he was a Republican, a Democrat, or anything else. I have no idea what he would have thought of Oath Keepers.

In short, I know nothing of who Glenn M. Shelton was. Neither, evidently, do those planning his services.

“Mr. Shelton’s family information is unknown,” the notice says. “The funeral home is inviting any Veterans, organizations, or members of the public who would like to attend his services.”

That’s sad. Especially for a man who risked it all and paid a price in blood. It evokes a haunting stanza from, of all things, a song by The Beatles:

Eleanor Rigby died in the church

And was buried along with her name

Nobody came

All the lonely people…

If you live in the area and would  care to honor a Marine:

“Visitation will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Indiana Funeral Care, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis. A Veteran themed funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place privately at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.”

UPDATE: I just confirmed via telephone with Indiana Funeral Care that due to anticipated attendance, the service has been moved to Allisonville Christian Church 7701 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN.

Here’s an updated link to a map and directions.

If more information can be found out, Shelton’s name should be enrolled with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, which does not have a comprehensive list and relies on information from surviving family and friends.

12/17 UPDATE –After Action Report:

“Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a veteran funeral at Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis afterward. Dozens showed up to honor the fallen hero. The Indianapolis Vet Center passed our dog tags with Shelton’s name on them.”

Veterans Sought for Marine's Funeral
Glenn M. Shelton, RIP

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David Codrea’s opinions are his own. See “Who speaks for Oath Keepers?”Veterans Sought for Marine's Funeral

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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

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16 comments

  1. I contacted an old shipmate with the VFW Post in Indianapolis and it looks like they are in on this and will see to it that this vet gets properly honored.

  2. I will not be able to attend this service for my military brother, Glenn Shelton, USMC Veteran, on Saturday Dec. 16th. at 1:00 PM, but will absolutely be standing at attention offering a hand salute to this American Veteran. You will be in my prayers Glenn Shelton, God Bless and Rest in Peace Sir.

  3. Christmas week…Snow blowing sideways…a 21 gun salute…taps…a folding of the flag. The worst site was the Burial Detail with folded flag…not a person present to receive the last honor for this Viet Nam casualty. Hard to even type this through the tears. Still haunts me. God’s Blessings on Shelton. Salute

    1. As a member of The Texas Patriot Guard Riders, the sad thing is that this is not uncommon. Several times in a year, just here in Central Texas, I get notice of what is called “Unaccompanied”, which is a euphemism for no family or friends have claimed the deceased. Our group has ‘Stood The Flag Line’ for so many “Unaccompanied” that I have lost count. On a national basis the numbers must be sobering and beyond sad.

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      1. It was 45 years ago, a burial service at Fort Morgan National Cemetery, a USAF detail. Not sure why I left base and went to observe. Weather was 17 F, blizzard conditions, and these young guys stood tall and firm to honor their airman in that box. Salute

  4. I left messages for the USMC reserve center in Indianapolis and spke to a USMC recruiter in Noblesville, In.(Northside of the city). They are aware of the need and are mobilizing veterans as we speak. The Staff Sargent I spoke with is taking his future Marines with as well. I’ll be praying for all involved. Semper Fidelis, Jason

  5. The location for the Services has changed due to the size of turnout expected. The location is the Allisonville Christian Chruch 7701 Allisonville, Rd, Indianapolis, In/ It is just a few blocks south of the Indiana Funeral Care facility.

      1. David, what was his home of record or his point of enlistment?

        I knew some Sheltons in Texas who would have had menfolk in his age group. It may be I know some of his family. I’ll share this in the hopes that they’ll see it.

  6. Oath Keepers from the Indianapolis area will be on-site to honor Mr. Shelton’s service to our country. Announcements of the memorial service have been aired on local news channels and I assume many from the Veteran community will be present.

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