2LT Jerome S Gladysz was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/22/2023 at the age of 81.2
Fort Worth, TX
Flight Class 66-4
Date of Birth 09/30/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/229 AVN 1 CAV in 66-67
Call signs in Vietnam SERPENT, HACKSAW
This information was provided by Lanny Julian

More detail on this person: Jerome "Jerry" Gladysz passed away, surrounded by family, on December 22, 2023. Jerry was loved by so many and held many dear to his heart. He trusted without doubt, he laughed without hesitating, he cracked jokes daily, if not hourly, and he loved without boundaries. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. Jerry was born in Cleveland, Ohio in September, 1942 and was the youngest of five brothers - Richard, Larry, Norbert and Francis. Jerry graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland and became an officer in the U.S. Army and served as a helicopter pilot in the First Calvary during the Vietnam War. While serving in Vietnam, he earned several honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After Vietnam, Jerry was stationed in Mineral Wells where he was a flight instructor. It was then that he met and fell deeply in love with his wife of 55 years - Pamela. They had 2 daughters, Melanie Davis and Meredith Miner. Meredith and her husband Chris, have 3 children - Morgan, Christopher Jerome "C.J." and Madison. To them, Jerry was their "Poppy". Jerry was bad to the bone. With a nickname like "Ox" - you have to be! He had the most memorable voice - an articulate baritone, and partnered with a charismatic personality, made him easily discernable in a crowd. He loved to play tennis, golf, hunt, snow ski, travel and write. Jerry had a commendable career in marketing and public relations and started his company, Market Relations, in 1992. He also was passionate about learning and he received his Executive MBA from Texas Christian University in 2005. His true passion had to be writing. He published 3 books - two for Taos Ski Valley and his final book called Dying to Fly was published in 2020. Jerry will be missed for his laughter, his love and most importantly, his spirit. Jerry will be honored Friday, January 26, 2024 at the DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas at 10:30 am. There will be a Celebration of Life immediately following at noon at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Vietnam War Museum in Mineral Wells, TX in his name.

Burial information: DFW National Cemetery

This information was last updated 01/26/2024

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