ABU GHRAIB, Iraq -- Capt. Alton A. Warthen said the greatest privilege for a Marine officer is to be in charge of a group of Marines, as he spoke of Lance Cpl. Marcus S. Glimpse.
“I, for one, consider myself extremely lucky to have served with Lance Cpl. Marcus Glimpse,” said the 32-year-old company commanding officer from Newport News, Va.
They were Warthen’s parting words of Glimpse, who was killed in action April 12.
Marines and soldiers held a memorial service April 26 to honor Glimpse. Glimpse was 22-years-old and from Newport Beach, Calif. He was assigned to 4th Mobile Assault Platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
The company is currently operating in Khandari, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Glimpse was a popular Marine in Mobile Assault Platoon 4,” said Lt. Col. David J. Furness, the 43-year-old battalion commander from Oceanside, Calif. “Marc, as he was known to his friends, was an up-beat person.”
Glimpse, a mortarman, was remembered as the first person to crack a joke or volunteer for a difficult assignment.
“Glimpse was regarded by the men of MAP 4 as the most dependable Marine in the platoon.” Furness added.
Several of Glimpse’s friends and platoon members recalled memories of venturing up to the Glimpse family home.
“Marc was the type of Marine that if any of us were stuck in the barracks, just hanging out over the weekend, he would snag us up and take us to his father’s house,” said Lance Cpl. Michael L. Mclaughlin, a 21-year-old mortarman from Mankato, Minn.
Glimpse was described as the type of Marine who could find humor in any situation. He had the ability to lighten a moment with a word.
“Every unit needs a Marcus Glimpse,” Warthen said. “An individual who can crack a joke under the toughest of circumstances, who never seems to be affected by the hardships around him.”
To his fellow Marines of MAP 4, Glimpse was a strong foundation. It was a trait that was an apparent family way of life. Glimpse confided in his friends that his father was the pillar of strength in his life.
“Marc said many times, his father was his backbone,” said Lance Cpl. Adam P. Hahn, a 20-year-old mortarman from Manitowoc, Wis. “He was the guy who kept Marc strong when he wanted to quit, and kept him smiling when it just wasn’t his day.”
A recent photo of Glimpse hung above the traditional memorial comprised of a helmet resting on a rifle with a set of identification tags and a pair of combat boots. The sound of bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” while his platoon members reflected on memories of Glimpse. At the close of the service, Marines from Glimpse’s platoon came forward individually to pay their last respects.
“I will think about Marc everyday for the rest of my life, so my grandkids will know what type of man Lance Cpl. Marcus Glimpse was,” McGlaughlin said.
Glimpse graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Palos Verdes, Calif. He reported to recruit training in October 2003. He completed the School of Infantry in 2004 and obtained his military occupational specialty of 0341 – mortarman. His awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
He is survived by his father, Guy B. Glimpse, his two sisters, Megan and Amanda and his brother Mike Glimpse.
“We will honor Lance Cpl. Glimpse in the way I think he would have wanted,” Warthen said. “We will continue to take the fight to the enemy and remember that it’s OK to crack a joke when times are hard.”