Life Comes Full Circle for Navy Veteran at Family Farm

Author: MVH Machias
Posted: June 27, 2021
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Glen Dinsmore grew up on his family’s more than 100-year-old farm in Downeast, Maine. He and his brother, Dwight, worked on the farm in Trescott, but as they got older, the family leased the property for others to use as farmland.

Glen attended Washington Academy in East Machias and graduated with the class of 1949. That same year, he met Joyce Durgan, who would later become his wife. She went to Lubec High School and was crowned Prom Queen her senior year while Glen was elected Prom King at his school - it was a match that was meant to be.

For about a year, Glen worked locally rebuilding a bridge in Whiting before enlisting in the Navy in 1950. He completed basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes and then went to Memphis to learn to be an electronics technician. 

While Glen served in the military during the Korean War conflict, his job took him mainly to Europe – Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, and many more locations. He worked as a part of a team engaged in anti-submarine warfare.

He served four years in the military. 

“It did me good,” he said.

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After Glen served his country, he came home and “tied the knot” to Joyce, as he put it. He attended the University of Maine at Machias for nearly four years. Toward the end of his last year, he and Joyce had two children, with a third on the way. He left college early because he couldn’t afford to go to school any longer. However, that didn’t stop him from securing a lucrative position with IBM in Bedford, Massachusetts.

While at IBM, Glen worked as an engineer who helped develop computer programs that could determine whether or not foreign missiles were being launched at the United States. He was with the company for 29 years.

He and Joyce went on to have three more children, six in all: Cynthia, Dwight, Lori, Paula, Robert, and Scott. All graduated from Kingston High School in New York.

Church remains important to Glen. Back in New York, he attended Christian and Missionary Alliance in Kingston, New York, and now is a member of Machias Valley Baptist, and Grace Fellowship in Lubec. After IBM, he built homes for Lyford Construction.

Glen is an incredible woodworker and an especially talented furniture maker, producing items with his own two hands that could rival any handmade furniture brand. 

When Glen retired in 1986, he came back to Maine to run his grandparent’s farm that he grew up on in Trescott. 

“He had always wanted to come back home,” said his daughter, Lori. 

Glen’s tenure running the farm included maintaining about 600 chickens. He and Joyce enjoyed collecting the eggs and sorting them by size to get ready for sale.

Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Machias, Glen Dinsmore has been named June Veteran of the Month. Thank you for your service, Glen.

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