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Glenn M. Peters

Company L-2

25 Dec 1939 - 9 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Palm Coast, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Glenn M. Peters, on 9 September 2011, as a result of biliary tract carcinoma. Glenn is survived by his wife, Cindy, his daughter, Paige Peters Connors, and granddaughter, Savannah.

Funeral services for Glenn Peters will be at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer at 11:00 AM on January 19, 2012, with burial to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.  A reception will be held at the Fort Myer Officers Club, 214 Jackson Ave. from 12:15-2:15PM.  Coat and tie are not required but no jeans allowed.

 The family has asked that donations in Glenn's memory be made to the West Point Fund, WPAOG, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996.  The family asks that you write Glenn's name in the memo line of your check so that funds donated in his memory will go into the Cadet Activities Fund.

Condolences may be sent to Cindy at 53 Westcedar Lane, Palm Coast, FL  32164 and to Paige at 475 Highway 90, Conway, SC  29526.

Well done, Glenn.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\L-2 Glenn Peters.pdf


Taps Memorial Article:

Cullum No. 23733-1961 | September 9, 2011 | Died in Palm Coast, FL
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery, VA

Glenn Miller “Pete” Peters Jr. was born in Houston, TX, on the same date as Jesus Christ, albeit more than 1,900 years later! This is a valid nexus since several generations of his ancestors established churches where they settled. Glenn practiced this love of God throughout his lifetime. He descended from seven generations of German ancestors who originally emigrated to Philadelphia in the 1730s. This first emigrant subsequently settled in southwest Virginia, where he farmed and established a Church of the Brethren. These strong relationships with farming and religion continued to Glenn’s grandfather, who also founded a Church of the Brethren, in Texas. Glenn’s parents were Glenn Miller Peters Sr. and Ima Lee Peters. In addition to a strong religious heritage, Glenn developed an affinity for medicine.

In the spring of 1957, upon graduation from Milby High School, Glenn had accepted admission to pre-medicine studies at Rice Institute in his hometown of Houston. This plan was tabled when an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy arrived from Texas Representative Martin Dies Jr. His mother’s urging and advice from a trusted family friend and mentor swayed Glenn’s career choice to West Point and the Army.

At West Point, Glenn (or Pete, as he was called) and his tall (flanker) Company L-2 classmates initially resisted the invasion of the shorter cadets (runts). This height difference was quickly set aside and a strong class unity developed as the class realized it had nastier and more experienced foes to contend with (upperclassmen, tactical officers, and academic instructors). Despite frequent skirmishes with the academic departments, Pete thrived at West Point. He wholeheartedly contributed his ready smile and friendliness to helping classmates, teaching Sunday School and participating in and promoting the Debate Council, German Club, the Pointer, and the Dialectic Society. Pete was a loyal friend and helpful classmate throughout his four-year stint at West Point. He totally embraced and practiced our mantra of “cooperate and graduate.”

Glenn was proudly commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Infantry on June 7, 1961. Upon successful completions of the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne and Ranger schools at Fort Benning, GA, Glenn cut his troop assignment teeth with the 20th Infantry in the Panama Canal Zone. His career progressed with assignments as a company commander in both the 508th Airborne Infantry and the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC. Glenn graduated from the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, KY between two combat tours in the Republic of South Vietnam. In the first Vietnamese tour he was the battalion operations officer in the 5th Special Forces Group, and in the second tour he worked in the 1st Infantry Division Operations section and as the battalion executive officer, 28th Infantry. Returning stateside, Glenn was assigned to the U.S. Army Combat Developments Command. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA prior to duty at the U.S. Army Information Management Agency. In 1969 he enrolled in the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, graduating with a Master of Science in Psychology. Glenn returned to the land of his German forebearers with duties at Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and in the 28th Infantry. His final active duty assignment was at Fort Myer, VA, where Glenn retired from the U.S. Army in 1984 after 23 years of service. Glenn was extremely proud of his military career and the opportunities to serve the United States of America and its fine soldiers.

Glenn next began a very successful civilian career at CEXEC, which provides services and solutions in acquisition support, training, program management, information technology, contract management, and financial services support to federal clients. In 2003, the CEXEC Board of Directors recognized Glenn’s exceptional talents and accomplishments by electing him to the post of corporate vice president. Glenn stepped down from his fulltime responsibilities at CEXEC in 2005 and became a part-time consultant. Glenn possessed a strong sense of lifelong duty to the U.S. Army. He was an active supporter of the West Point Society of North Florida and volunteered as an admissions field representative and liaison officer for the U.S. Military Academy. He helped several local high school graduates gain admission to West Point.

In one defining moment he dipped into his own pocket to aid a female candidate whose parents lacked the money to pay for a dental examination required for the application process. She gained admission to USMA. That was Glenn just being Glenn. He also served as treasurer of the All Airborne Special Forces Organization of Jacksonville, FL. His Company L-2 1961 classmates and L-2  members of the affiliate Class of 2011 proudly sport distinctive and striking Loose Deuce/Second to None belt buckles designed, produced, and gifted by “Pete.” Glenn was married to his beloved Cindy Goossen for 26 years. After a combined 45 years in the military and private industry and his final retirement and move to Florida, Glenn reopened close sibling ties with his twin sister in Houston. Glenn wrote poetry and songs about his many beloved dogs. The poems were serious, the songs hilarious. He had a very good sense of humor.

Glenn was true to his religious and medical roots until the day of his passing. He was continually attuned to the circumstances and well-being of people around him, whether family members, co-workers, or acquaintances. Glenn demonstrated devotion to God, equanimity, and optimism throughout his life.

— Family and Classmates