World War II veteran Glen Cleckler: more than 70 years after the war
POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:54am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:21am
Harlingen, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — He's been in the RGV since the age of three months, but it was a special day: a trip with high school with friends, which lead U.S. Marine World War Two vet Glen Cleckler to both a path of heroic and tragic events.
Cleckler says, "We we're suppose to see a movie then one of my friends said, look there's a recruiting marine corps office here."
So at the time the Marine Officer from Weslaco told his three friends to come back after they finished school to enlist, for Cleckler this meant finishing high school early.
After serving overseas, including one of the fiercest battles, Iwo Jima, Cecker returned to the valley and on a college football scholarship played in San Marcos.
Meanwhile his wife to this day recalls how they met. JoAnn Cleckler says,
"He said he remembered me from a certain instance, I believe him and then he spoke to me." And for the two, they would have never thought more than 60-years would pass by, three kids and now all back home.
And nearly 30-years ago their three kids decided to move back to the valley, they say they are thankful to be closer to dad.
For Cleckler's family they're happy to share their father's pride and accomplishments, someone who has lived so much: a war, a gifted football player, and worked in education and as a principal for nearly 40-years.