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Glenn Kay Otis

Date of birth: March 15, 1929
Date of death: February 2013
Burial location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Michigan, Plattsburgh
Home of record: Vicksburg Michigan

Glenn Otis graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1953. He retired as a U.S. Army General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Glenn K. Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Otis distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 as commanding officer of a cavalry squadron defending against the communist Lunar New Year offensive at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. On that date, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces launched a massive attack on the base and penetrated the defensive wire. Colonel Otis responded to a call for assistance and immediately led his squadron to reinforce the beleaguered friendly elements. Braving devastating rocket, machine gun and mortar fire, he repeatedly ordered low passes over the enemy positions to assess the rapidly changing situation and skillfully coordinate his unit's defenses. His aircraft was forced down on three occasions by the intense enemy fusillade, but he refused to leave the battle area and quickly secured another helicopter each time. The battle grew in intensity, as he fearlessly landed amid a curtain of fire to coordinate with his ground commanders and encourage his men to continue their staunch defenses. His skillful and aggressive leadership inspired his men to repel the attack and force the determined insurgents to withdraw. Informed that an estimated Viet Cong battalion, poised outside the perimeter, was threatening the air base, he quickly directed his unit in a search and clear operation. Repeatedly exposing himself to savage enemy fire, he led his men in a fierce attack that totally destroyed the enemy forces. His fearless leadership in the heat of battle was instrumental in preventing the vital military installation from falling into enemy hands. Lieutenant Colonel Otis' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2546 (May 28, 1968)

Action Date: January 31, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Headquarters Troop

Battalion: 3d Squadron

Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Headquarters Troop

Battalion: 3d Squadron

Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in the Office of Personnel Operations, Department of the Army, from 1965 to 1967.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1965 - 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Armor) Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1967 to 1968.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1967 - 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Battalion: 3d Squadron

Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army from 1968 to 1969.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1968 - 1969

Service: Army

Rank: General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Silver Star for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army from 1970 to 1971.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1970 - 1971

Service: Army

Rank: General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Glenn Kay Otis (ASN: 0-68668), United States Army, was awarded a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Silver Star for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Brigade Commander, Division Chief of Staff, and later as Deputy Commanding General, 3d Armored Division, Germany, from 1971 to 1974.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1971 - 1974

Service: Army

Rank: General