Grave marker for Glenn L.
Sommerville and spouse in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery, Goodhope*
(Harrison county), West Virginia.
Glenn enlisted in the Army
at Clarksburg, WV on 5 October 1942. Just a year later, on 6
October 1943, he was appointed to Corporal.
Cpl Sommerville served in
the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th PIR. He was awarded
the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during Normandy, France
Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944. He was listed as injured in
action on 23 June 1944.
Cpl Sommerville was
promoted to sergeant on 15 September 1944 and wore his new stripes on
the jump into Nijmegen, Holland during Operation Market-Garden. He
was wounded there on 9 October 1944.
On 24 January 1945,
during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Sgt
Sommerville was severely wounded in action when an artillery shell
exploded in close proximity. He lost his left arm, left eye and
toes on his left foot.
His military awards
include the Purple Heart with 1Oak Leaf Cluster, the CIB, and the
Presidential Unit Citation.
* The town's name is
spelled as one word while the cemetery uses two.