The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Daniel Ward Gleason, who died in the service of his country on February 23rd, 1969 in Darlac Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Daniel was 25 years of age. He was from Bay City, Michigan. Daniel is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 31W, Line 1.
The decorations earned by PFC Daniel Ward Gleason include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(The following is a reflection from his son Jim)
I remember the day my dad told me he was going away. We sat on the porch at my grandfather's. I played with some small plastic soldiers, we ate some cookies. He said he was going away, that he was going to be a real soldier. There were people who needed help ... I asked him why, and he said there were a bunch of bad guys and he was going to fight them ... "They're like the Nazis". Now as a four year old American kid, I had no true sense of the evil that that term represented. There but for the Grace of God ... But when I think of that day, and imagine what was going through the mind of my dad, at 25 ... It was not only the Vietnamese people who needed help from the oppression and terror of communism, but I know he felt deeply for his friends, neighbors and the thousands of guys just like him. I know he felt he could make a difference for them, too.
For that I am proud, and fortunate to have a dad that stepped up for his brothers in arms.
Daniel is buried in the Floral Gardens Cemetery in Bay City, MI.