As a kid growing up in Berne, Glenn R. Gilbert worked on his family’s dairy farm along Beaver Dam Road, a county street that could soon be named after the soldier who died in Vietnam.
Gilbert, a private first class in the Army’s 46th Infantry, drowned on Aug. 4, 1970 – during a difficult attempt at retrieving air-dropped wartime supplies that fell into a river in Quang Tin Province. He had landed in Vietnam less than two months prior to the deadly mission. Gilbert was 22.
Now, nearly 46 years after his death, Albany County legislators Christopher Smith (D-Berne) and Travis Stevens (R-Knox), introduced a resolution dedicating Beaver Dam Road – also called County Route 303 – as the Glenn R. Gilbert Memorial Highway. The Albany County Legislature’s Public Works Committee is expected to discuss the lasting tribute on Tuesday. If the Albany County Legislature approves the measure, the street would keep its original name, but also bear Gilbert’s.
“The Glenn R. Gilbert Memorial Highway will stand as a memorial to those who have fought for this great country and given their lives so that we may live as free as we do today,” the resolution states.
Gilbert graduated from Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School. He was the son of Warren and Margaret Gilbert, who operated a family farm.
Gilbert was drafted into the Army in 1970. He is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery.