Preston, Glen A., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 99th Aero Squadron
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Home Town
Howe, Indiana
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jul 01, 1941
 
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Last Known Activity
He received 3 DSC's in WWI. He was an artillery observer attached to the 99th Aero Squadron where he was a pilot, an observer/gunner, or both. He shot down at least 2, and possibly 3, enemy aircraft in aerial combat.
He was born in Ontario, IN and his home of record was Howe, IN.
He is buried in Ontario Cemetery, Ontario, IN.
His DSC (1st of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Glen A. Preston, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 99th Aero Squadron (Attached), U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Cunel, France, 5 October 1918. While on a photographic mission Lieutenant Preston and his pilot were attacked by seven enemy planes (type Fokker) and driven back to our own lines. They almost immediately returned to the same locality without the protection of battle planes and continued to take photographs until attacked by five machines (Pfalz type). They opened fire on this formation and brought down two of them and drove the others away and then returned with photographs of great importance.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)

Action Date: October 5, 1918

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 99th Aero Squadron (Attached)

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

   
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinguished_Service_Cross_(United_States)#World_War_I
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=68207824
http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=16186
 
His DSC (2nd of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Glen A. Preston, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 99th Aero Squadron (Attached), U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Andevanne, France, 29 October 1918. Becoming separated from his protecting planes while on a photographic mission, Lieutenant Preston continued on alone, and, although he was attacked by seven enemy planes, type Fokker, he drove them off and secured numerous photographs.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)

Action Date: October 29, 1918

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 99th Aero Squadron (Attached)

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

His DSC (3rd of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Glen A. Preston, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 99th Aero Squadron (Attached), U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Remonville, France, 30 October 1918. Lieutenant Preston successfully accomplished his mission in spite of encounters with four separate enemy formations, one of 38 machines, another of six, type Pfalz, another of seven, type Fokker, and a formation of biplane planes. He shot down one of the enemy and returned with valuable information.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)

Action Date: October 30, 1918

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 99th Aero Squadron (Attached)

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

   
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