HOLMDEL, NJ - Glenn John Zamorski, First Lieutenant for the U.S. Marine Corps, will be awarded posthumously with the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial’s Huey Plaza on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Glenn was killed in action during the Vietnam War when U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 150960 was hit by friendly artillery fire at 500 feet while carrying a sling load in Quang Noah Province in South Vietnam. The aircraft broke in two while still in the air and fell to the ground upside down. Somehow the co-pilot D.N. Jones survived this crash. Glenn was killed, along with crew members CPL Conrad Lerman and SGT Raymond W. Templeton. Glenn’s brother John Zamorski will be accepting the Purple Heart on his behalf.
Glenn Zamorski was born October 5, 1942 in Elizabeth, N.J. After graduating high school, Glenn went on to attend Tulane University and Upsala College where he majored in Pre-Med. In May 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and left for boot camp in Parris Island, S.C. He was voted the most outstanding Marine at Parris Island. He then entered the Marine Corps Aviation Cadet Training Program in Pensacola, FL. Glenn was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and received his wings in June 1967.
Glenn was called to duty in Vietnam in October 1967, as a member of the First Marine Division Air Wing Group 36. He was stationed at Phu Bai and later on board the carrier USS Valley Forge. In February 1968, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action above and beyond the call of duty. He had already earned 20 medals and attained the rank of First Lieutenant (1LT). Glenn was cited for landing his aircraft under heavy enemy fire in order to rescue four soldiers.
Glenn was killed in action on June 11, 1968, at the age of 25, just days short of his first wedding anniversary to Georgine Bullino.
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Vietnam Era Museum, Ceremony to be held at the Huey Plaza located at entrance of the Museum, located at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, NJ (Exit 116 PNC Bank Arts Center) If rain or snow, the ceremony will be held inside the Museum lobby.
WHO: John Zamorski, brother of Glenn John Zamorski, First Lieutenant for the U.S. Marine Corps, will be accepting the Purple Heart Medal on Glenn's behalf.
About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey. To support the Foundation, visit www.njvvmf.org.