Glennon Moran was born on March 6, 1919, in St. Louis, Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 12, 1942, and served in the Signal Corps until entering the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on July 31, 1942. Moran was commissioned a 2d Lt on February 25, 1943, and was awarded his pilot wings at Craig Field, Alabama, on March 25, 1943. After completing P-47 Thunderbolt training, Lt Moran was assigned to the 487th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group in England, where he was credited with the destruction of 13 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 3 damaged and 3 on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. He returned to the U.S. in September 1944, and served with the 29th Fighter Squadron before leaving active duty and joining the reserves on October 23, 1945. He joined the Missouri Air National Guard in July 1946, and served on active duty during the Korean War from February 1951 to July 1952, and again during the Berlin Crisis from October 1961 to August 1962. Gen Moran served as the commander of the 131st Tactical Fighter Wing at Robertson ANG Base, Missouri, from August 1962 to October 1968, followed by service as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Missouri Air National Guard from October 1968 until his retirement on April 23, 1973. Glennon Moran died on September 3, 1986, and was buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
His Silver Star Citation reads:
For gallantry in action against the enemy while escorting bombers on a mission over Germany, 30 May 1944. Lieutenant Moran was a member of a flight of three P-51 fighters which made an attack on approximately twenty (20) FW-190's. In the ensuing action against great odds, he exhibited superior combat tactics in out-maneuvering the enemy, destroying one FW-190 and damaging another. The hostile fighters were dispersed and their attack on the bombers completely frustrated. Following this engagement, Lieutenant Moran observed a ME-190 approaching an airdrome to land. Though subjected to intense fire from ground defenses, he fearlessly attacked and destroyed the enemy aircraft. The courage, aggressive combat spirit and exceptional skill displayed by Lieutenant Moran contributed in a large measure to the safety of the bomber formation.