Glen P. York
Final Flight on May 03, 2014
Glen P. York, Major, USAF (Retired)
August 31, 1928 - May 03, 2014
York, Maj. Glen P. 85, of Tempe Arizona passed away on May 3, 2014. Maj. York was born on August 31, 1928 in Enterprise, Oregon to Perry and Philomena York.
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and had a varied aviation career flying B-29 Superfortress, B-47 Stratojet, RB-66 Destroyer, T-33 Thunderbird, HH-3E Jolly Green Giant Helicopter and test pilot for Hughes Aircraft flying the Hughes 500.
He received the Air Force Cross, 2nd highest military award, for displaying incredible courage for recovering a downed Navy pilot, while under heavy enemy fire. In addition he was awarded a remarkable six Air Medals for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial combat, and the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action.
Glen was predeceased by his loving wife, Anita. He is survived by his children Vivian Keller, Glen P. York, Jr., and Diana Klien, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
His urn will be laid to rest beside Anita in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at date TBD.
From Military Times “Hall of Valor”
Air Force Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The Air Force Cross is presented to Glen P. York, Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia as Rescue Crew Commander of an unarmed HH-3E helicopter near Nam Dinh, North Vietnam, on 18 July 1967. Despite the knowledge that a preceding rescue force had been damaged and driven away by intensive antiaircraft fire, Major York unhesitatingly entered and extremely hostile area to rescue a downed United States Navy pilot. In the approach to the pilot's position, one of Major York's escort aircraft was hit and forced to withdraw. Major York deliberately disregarded continuous heavy fire from all directions and hovered over the downed pilot until he was safely hoisted aboard. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of enemy, Major York reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force