Glenn Samuel Anthony was 19 when he applied for enlistment in the Navy on Aug. 28, 1935 and enlisted on Feb. 4, 1936. He extended his enlistment in 1940, the same year he married Inga Mikkelson in San Pedro, California.
A son, Glenn Jr., was born in the spring of 1941. He was seven months old when his father was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Mr. Anthony was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona.
He was born Aug. 6, 1916, in the Oakland district, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Edward Vern Anthony, a coal miner, and Drella Irene Lankyard Anthony, a homemaker. He completed 11 years of schooling, attending Tarentum High School 25 miles to the northeast from 1930 to 1932. In 1932-33 he worked as a mechanic at Central Garage in New Bethlehem some 40 miles further northeast, but in 1935 was living with his father in Tarentum. His parents were divorced.