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Discussion in '7th BG' started by IRememberBam, Dec 5, 2015.

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    IRememberBam New Member

    Sad to report the passing of another distinguished member of the 7th Bomb Group.

    1Lt. Thomas C. Glover, ASN O-702337
    Bombardier - Mitchell Crew
    10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron
    Enlisted: 26 Sep 41
    Arrived in CBI - March 1944 Departed for USA - April 1945
    31 Combat Missions
    Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

    Tom and I became acquainted when I phoned him asking for information about his Air Corps service. Turned out he knew my grandfather very well while they were overseas and served in the same squadron. Tom's invaluable recollections of time spent with my grandfather and his generous sharing of his personal photographs and data are very much appreciated. I will miss his friendship and the conversations that we shared. He was never too busy to answer my questions.

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Glover. You will be missed.

    From his obituary:

    Thomas C. Glover (Tom), DDS, was born to Letty Campbell Glover and Thomas B. Glover in Desmet, Idaho, on October 17, 1923. He died December 2, 2015, at his home in Colbert, Washington.

    Tom was a proud graduate of Rogers High School, and he was honored to have been inducted into its Walk of Fame. He graduated from Rogers in January 1942, starting school at Gonzaga University the next day.

    While still eighteen, Tom enlisted into the air cadets, U.S. Army Air Force in September 1942. He arrived at the China/Burma/India Theater in March 1944, and he served as a bombardier on a B24 combat crew. Tom flew thirty-one combat missions with the 10th and 14th Air Force Burma, China and Siam. Among other recognition, Tom was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and Distinguished Unit Citation.

    Tom discharged from the Air Force in September 1945, attended Gonzaga University, and returned to active duty in 1948. He completed pilot training and was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group out of Fairchild Air Force base as a B-29 pilot. He was assigned to Japan in August 1950 and flew fifty-three missions in Korea. Tom was a member of the local hangar of the Quiet Birdmen, where he appreciated the company of other former pilots, and of The Pyramidiers (retired 98th Group/Wing Veterans Association).

    After he left active duty in 1953, Tom again enrolled in Gonzaga, then went to Marquette University in 1954 to study dentistry. Tom graduated with a DDS in 1958, the same year he married Elaine Glover, M.D.

    Tom and Elaine relocated from Wisconsin to Tom’s home town in Spokane, where he organized the dental assisting school and taught for a year at Spokane Community College. He then practiced dentistry in Spokane from 1959 to 1989.

    From 1961 until his death, Tom and his family actively bred and showed Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. These horses were his joy, and they earned Arabian Horse Association and Pinto Horse Association national championships as well as many, many regional honors.

    Tom was always positive and brave. He never gave up. After he became legally blind, he graduated via the Veteran’s Administration from the American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center in September 2011. Faced with serious and chronic health problems, he remained optimistic and active, planning for his show horses and anticipating the future.

    Tom is survived by his wife, his son and grandson, and his two daughters. He is also survived by: his sister; a niece and her children; and a nephew. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by many cousins.

    No service in planned. Tom and his family offer special thanks to all those providing care. Memorials in Tom’s name are suggested to: House of Charity, 32 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201(part of Catholic Charities of Spokane) (in appreciation of the guidance and care provided by LeRoy Byrd, M.D., over the years); or Washington State University/College of Veterinary Medicine in support of the “canine orthopedic service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital” or the “Clinic Equine Development Fund.” Memorial gifts can be sent to the College of Veterinary Medicine at P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.
     

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