Theodore M. Glende Scholarship
Initially Dead Reckoning Collective began as a way to tell the stories of the giants whose shoulders we grew up standing on. To us, remembering the fallen isn’t enough. We must share their stories and continue their legacy. That weight of responsibility is heavy, but who better to bear that weight than men and women who know the relief of shedding a rucksack after a long trek? A life of service has never been the question, our existence depends on it. We live and die for others. Make it a life worth sacrificing for.
For our inaugural Writers Workshop, we are proud to announce we have several recipients of the Theodore M. Glende Scholarship thanks to our gracious sponsors. The community that we find ourselves in understands the value of storytelling, remembering, and honoring those that have come before us. The only way to know where we are is to understand where we’ve been.
Theodore M. Glende grew up in Rochester, NY in a home that was built at the turn of the 20th century. On a ROTC scholarship, once learning he wasn’t going to become an Infantry Officer, he dropped out of Niagara University a semester before earning his commission to enlist as an Airborne Infantryman. School, rank, and recognition didn’t matter to him. Three months before deploying he married his hometown sweetheart.
Serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, he deployed to Afghanistan. On July 27th, 2012 he made the ultimate sacrifice while providing security and suppressive fire as his fellow soldiers tended to a wounded soldier when the Taliban executed a coordinated ambush on his COP.
He is remembered as quick-witted, verbose, brilliant, determined, and contagiously funny by those who knew him. An expert at his craft, Theodore M. Glende was one of the best soldiers to join this country’s ranks. As a man, he’s one of the best his peers will ever know.