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Charles E. Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Tom Glenn was in Saigon as an undercover signals intelligence operative in April 1975 when the North Vietnamese attacked the city. Weeks before that, when signals intelligence made it clear that the North Vietnamese were going to move against Saigon, he wanted to evacuate all the Americans he was responsible for. He had 43 men working for him, and their families (and his family) were living in Saigon.
Glenn cheated, lied, and stole to assure that none of his subordinates or their wives or children was killed. He got them out of the country by any ruse he could think of. Toward the end he bought a ticket on Pan Am with his own money and, with no authorization or orders, put one of his guys on the plane and told him to go. That was the last Pan Am flight out of Saigon.
By 27 April, only three of Glenn’s staff were left—Glenn himself and two communications technicians who had volunteered to stay with him to the end. On 28 April, the onslaught began. Mid-afternoon on 29 April, when the technicians were finally evacuated by helicopter, Glenn’s work was done.
For his work during the fall of Vietnam, Tom Glenn received the civilian Meritorious Medal, his proudest possession.
Copies of Glenn's recent novel, «Last of the Annamese,» will be available for purchase at the event. This event is sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society.
This event is FREE but registration is required as seating is limited. You may register online or call the Miller Branch Library to register at 410-313-1950