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June Past Times to salute Frank L. Glick
May 27, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Steve Hansen, formerly of Marshalltown, and now of Fredricksburg, Va. is working to ensure Frank L. Glick’s memory lives.
Hansen is a retired U.S. Marine with 26.5 years of service and a love of military-related history. He’s devoted much time and effort of late researching the life and service of Glick, a Marshalltown native and Marine, who was Marshall County’s first military casualty in World War I.
Son of a prominent family, First Sergeant Glick was killed near the Triangle Farm in the opening stages of of the Battle of Belleau Wood on June 3, 1918, according to Hansen. Belleau Wood was the first large scale battle fought by American soldiers in the war. Glick is buried in a cemetery in France, along with hundreds of other American service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect freedom.
Later, Marshalltown’s American Legion Post No. 46 was named in was honor. After serving at other posts, Hansen returned to Marshalltown to serve as a recruiter in the mid-1970s. He is proud of several men who enlisted at the Marshalltown office under his watch. One was Bert Caloud from Tama County, who, like Hansen, became a career man and retired as a sergeant major after 30 years service.
Another was the late Darwin L. Judge of Marshalltown. “I recruited him and liked him a lot,” Hansen said. “I graduated with his brother Darrin. He came from a good family.” Judge was one of the last U.S. military casualties in Vietnam.
The Darwin L. Judge Park on South 12th St., Marshalltown, is named in his honor. Look for the June Past Times in this Sunday’s edition and online at timesrepublican.com beginning June 3.