Glendon Edwin Lee was born on March 13, 1925, at Estelline, South Dakota. Raised as
a Catholic, Glendon attended high school before entering the service
on June 11, 1943.
Service Record: Pfc. Glendon Lee served in the European Theater as a machine
gunner in Company I, 413 Infantry, 104th Division. He received a
head wound on November 11, 1944 in Germany.
Camp Encounter: (told in his own words) My unit discovered the Dora Mittlebau
camp in the town of Nordhausen, Germany on April 11, 1945. It was
suggested that we not enter the camp. Only the division medics were
allowed in to do their work. We could smell the stench of rotting
bodies. I was with the 104th at the time. We did see a few that were
still alive taken out.
Pfc. Lee was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign
Ribbon, the American Campaign Ribbon, the Victory Medal, the Purple
Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, and the
Combat Infantry Badge.