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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Glowin

Birthplace: Detroit, MI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: MI
Middle Name: Anthony

Date of Birth: 14 March 1892

Date of Death: 23 August 1952

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Years Served: 1913-1919
Joseph Anthony Glowin

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  Occupation of Haiti (1915 - 1934)
•  Occupation of Dominican Republic (1916 - 1924)


Joseph Anthony Glowin
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Dominican Republic

Joseph Anthony Glowin (14 March 1892 - 23 August 1952) was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat in the Dominican Republic in 1916.

Glowin was born in Detroit, MI, on 14 March 1892. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Lansing, MI, during December 1913 and took part in the expedition to Veracruz, Mexico, from April to November 1914.

During the following year, he participated in engagements in the Republic of Haiti during September and November 1915. In 1916, Cpl Glowin deployed to the Dominican Republic with the 13th Company, Artillery Battalion, 1st Brigade.

Corporal Glowin, a machine gunner, was deep into the jungle of Santo Domingo, near Guayacanas, on 3 July 1916 with a small detachment of Marines. Glowin and his fellow Marines encountered a strong row of bandit trenches manned by a superior force. The Marines were in the open and their only course lay in a direct front attack. Although hit by enemy fire, Glowin remained at his post, fighting off the enemy until wounded again and forced by his comrades to get medical aid. He was awarded the Nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroism at Guayacanas.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Corporal, U .S. Marine Corps, 13th Company, Artillery Battalion, 1st Brigade

Place and date: Guayacanes, Dominican Republic, 3 July 1916

G.O. NO.: 244, 30 October 1916


During an engagement at Guayacanas on 3 July 1916, Cpl. Glowin participated in action against a considerable force of rebels on the line of march.

Glowin remained in the Dominican Republic until June 1917 where he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (temporary). He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1917. He re-enlisted ten days later for the duration of World War I, but because his previous ranks had all been temporary warrants, he was later honorably discharged a second time at his permanent rank of Private on 6 September 1919. He later served with the Detroit Police Department from 1923 until 1941.

Death and Burial

Joseph A. Glowin died at age 60 on 23 August 1952. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, MI.

Honoree ID: 1961   Created by: MHOH




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