Glenn V. McDaniel, 74, of Chatom, Alabama, passed away January 24, 2019, at his residence. He was born May 21, 1944 in Brewton, Alabama to U.V. and Doris Simmons McDaniel. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served two years during the Vietnam Conflict as a member of C-4-503, 173rd Airborne Brigade for which he earned Jumpmaster Wings, the Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He also served the state of Alabama for 25 years as a Conservation Officer with the Game and Fish Division. In retirement, he attended the University of South Alabama, where he earned a bachelor's degree in archeology with a minor in history. He worked for five years as an archeologist and loved reading Native American history and non-fiction. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eric Thompson; and stepson, Robby Jordan.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Bell McDaniel; children, Holly B. (Kathryn) Jordan, Marty (Sheila) McDaniel; grandchildren, Lucia, Elliott and Mazie Jordan, Dallas McDaniel, and Gabrielle Turner; sister, Jane (Mark) Coale; and brother, Bobby McDaniel.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Lathan Funeral Home in Chatom with the Rev. Holly Morales officiating. Visitation will be held at 10:00 that morning. Interment will follow at the Chatom Town Cemetery with Lathan Funeral Home directing.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, employees of the Alabama Game and Fish Division, Chip Bell, Tony Lee and Perry Jones.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations in his memory be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.
Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhome.com.
Penny, I am so sorry about Glenn. You are in my thoughts, heart, and prayers. May you seek solace in your friends and family and may God give you comfort in these sad times, as well as hope, light, and strength! I love you, Friend! 🙏❤️
Carolyn NeilsonShelby, AL
Glen and I went through heavy combat in Vietnam surviving the bloodiest battle of that conflict. We have been best of buddies for the last 30 years after meeting again at one of many reunions. Our calls were and meetings were to numerous to count.
My deepest sympathies to his daughter, Holly. If I had the time and resources, I would have loved to meet her and relate to her the many conversations and what I felt about her father.
God bless Glenn and his daughters' grief
Andy RoyJaffrey, NH
To the Family:
Please accept my sympathy in your loss. Glenn and I served in the same unit, C Company, 4th Bn., 173d Airborne Brigade and shared many of the same combat actions. Farewell to a fine soldier and US Paratrooper. May God bless you and your family.
J.L. BeachamColumbia, SC
Glen,one of the finest men I called my friend.We met on the the battlefields of Vietnam while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. There he served gallantry as a radio operator for the command in many conflicts. We stayed in contact over the years and I will miss talking with him.
I am very sorry for his family's loss.
Lynn E MorseAurora,Mo, MO
So long, fellow paratrooper! I'll see you across the River, my
Gary F WallsPayson, AZ
Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant peace, comfort and understanding in these and the many difficult days ahead. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...
Michael BennettPetal, MS
Jane, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I pray for your peace and comfort. Love you
Mary HerbertBrundidge, AL
I was about a mile away from Hill 875 when Glenn was there. B/2/503rd 173rd Airborne. RIP Herd Brother. We served our time in hell (Dak To).
John BowersAuburn Hills, MI
Glenn was a good guy and a great uncle, he will be missed by all of us.
Avery SimmonsFlomaton, AL
Sorry to hear of the loss of Officer McDaniel. We here at the Enforcement Section thank him and you, his family, for his service to our County and the State of Alabama.
Carter HendrixMontgomery, AL
Penny, I was saddened to hear that Glenn had passed away...Y'all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time...Love to all!
Marvin McILwainElba, AL
This may sound strange but I first met Glenn back in 2015 when he came out to Montana for a visit. When I really met him by not knowing his name at all was in 1967, mid summer. You see Glenn and I served in VietNam together with the 173d Airborne Brigade in the Central Highlands of South Vietmam. We really never knew each other and it wasn't until a couple years ago that Glenn told me he was the guy standing behind myself and Andy Roy as we dug out burnt NVA bodies for a useless body count.
But the Glenn I came to know in the two brief visits to my home here in Montana were some of the happiest days I had had in a long time. We shared stories of our time in Nam, the battles, the laughable incidents and sometimes those moments only those who have been there will ever hear. He was so proud of his service and especially of the 173d.
Glenn had been a law enforcement officer for many years down in Alabama. He loved doing that. Working as a Game Warden/ lawman was a job he enjoyed. Long hours but Glenn was an outdoorsman for sure. He loved where he loved too, south Alabama. I loved to hear him laugh and that smile he had was a like a big old Texas grin.
The times we spent together here were good times. We went out to the Beartooth Mountains to look at some property he was thinking of buying. I still have the video I took. He talked all the time about his 'hunters cabin' he was building and the black bears always roaming his property. At least once a week I'd get a picture on my phone showing what it looked like. I would have loved to have had him out here if only as summer tenant. It gets brutal in the winter here.
Glenn would do anything for a friend, anything. And for a battle brother such as we were I never doubted Glenn's resolve in that matter. He carried a few battle brothers' close to his heart. Myself, Andy Roy, Captain Connely, Wayne McLeister, Lynn Morse and probably many more I never knew of.
Somehow I had a very bad feeling the day after Glenn was gone. But when his daughter Hollie called and left this message to please call her back I knew but the moment she said he's gone I couldn't hold back the absolute fall of tears. I couldn't speak. I have lost so many of my Dak To battle brothers the last 15 years, one that litertally saved my life and a few others on Hill 875. And the count keeps going up. I just wish I could have done more for him, called more.
I am very fortunate to gave gotten the chance to meet Glenn, share times with, tell stories and a few damn lies with both of us knew were not true. He had some quality I can't define. Faithful maybe, wanting to be loved and wanting people to know him as a man. From combat to civilian life he was sharp as a tack. This was the man I knew.
Glenn, by now St Michael Patron Saint of Paratroopers has welcomed you home. Save a spot on the stick for me brother and the rest of your DakTo battle brothers. AATW and then some
James BaskinJoliet, MT
Thinking of you at this time of loss
Judy CommanderFayetteville, GA
Ms. Penny sorry about your loss
Sylvia Wiliams, AL
I was honored to be considered Glenn’s friend. Each story that he told me, from Vietnam Nam to archeology to family, each held a different emotional but special place in his life and his heart. A good man I’m proud to have known. Sleep well in God’s loving arms.
Arthur MoralesChatom, AL
Penny, I am so very sorry! He was too young to die! I wasn't aware that he was ill or anything, so I am shocked. My prayers go out to you and the family. Wish I could be there for the service. I have been through this so I know what you are dealing with. Just know of my sorrow for all of you. Love and hugs, Carolyn (Guyton) and Don Kearns
Carolyn G KearnsHigh Point, NC
My sincere condolences.
Tommy FullerChatom, AL
Dear Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. God bless and keep you, make His face to smile upon you, and grant you peace.
Fran SingerChatom, AL
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God's sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible. (Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29) Those who are raised to life will have the prospect of never again being subject to misery, sickness, or death. (Revelation 21:4) I hope that reflecting on these thoughts will give you some relief during this difficult time.
I'm missing you so much right now I am just numb I have no idea what to do.
William Martin McDanielPensacola, FL