The Asheville Citizen-Times, 12 February 1946, reported that he and many others were declared legally deceased by Public Law. On 24 May 1946 the newspaper reported that a Gold Star will be added to the Leicester H.S. school flag to show respect for the loss of SSgt. Glance. In the related article, the newspaper reported that SSgt Talbot Carlyle Glance was reported missing in action December 1, 1943. He was a member of a B-24 Liberator bomber crew on a combat mission to attack railroad installations at Insein, Burma, when his plane was shot down by enemy aircraft. One parachute was seen to open after leaving the stricken plane when it burst into flames, but no further information was ever received. Sgt. Glance enlisted in the AAF August 25, 1942, and before going overseas in June 1943, was stationed at Atlantic City, N.J., Sioux Falls, S.D., Las Vegas, Nevada, and El Paso, Texas. At the time he was reported missing he was the radio operator and waist gunner on the Liberator, “Burma Bitch.” Sgt. Glance graduated from Leicester H.S. in 1937 and Mars Hill College in 1939. He was 21 years of age. Prior to entering the Army, he was employed by the American Enka Corporation. On 18 September 1949, it reported that funeral services would be held at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

CODDINGTON,VERL E., Staff Sergeant # 39832131, USAAF


Verl E. Coddington was born 27 January 1921 in Hill City, Kansas to Earl R. Coddington (1890-1972) and Stella Mae (Anderson) Coddington (1896-1964). He had several siblings, including Lois M. (Coddington) Huff (1917-1987), Zelda Marie (Coddington) Hulse (1918-2001), Erlenne (Coddington) Limbaugh (1926-2000) and Phyllis Loree (Coddington) Giles (1933-2003). In 1940, the family lived at Rte # 1, Emmett, Idaho. He registered for the WW II draft 16 February 1942, describing himself as 5’8”, 110 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted 28 August 1942 in Boise, Idaho (residence – Columbia County, Oregon). He died in the crash of the B-24J. The bomber was shot down after a bombing mission over Insein, Burma. His remains were recovered by a Graves Registration team. He was buried in 1949 in the group grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.