Terry Craig Priebe - U.S. Marine
Terry Craig Priebe – U.S. Marine

Terry Craig Priebe was born in Des Moines, Iowa. The family moved to California when he was one, and his sister, Diane (Priebe) Barton (GHS ’70), was born four years later. At Glendale High, Craig participated in Orbs and Varsity Track.

Craig was married twice. He and his first wife had a daughter, Julie, born in 1970, who lives in Sonora, California. Craig had been married to his second wife, Sherline, for nearly four years when he died. According to his sister, one of Craig’s great passions in life was running, and he was on the varsity track team at Glendale. He kept in shape after high school with running and bodybuilding. He was working for a security alarm company when he died.

After graduation, Craig joined the Marines and served two tours in Vietnam: the first from February 1966 to December 1966, and the second from March 1967 (when he boarded the USNS Gordon in San Diego for transport to DaNang) to January 1969, at which time he was discharged from the Marines as a Corporal. For his service Craig earned a Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 service stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Parachute Insignia, and a Rifle Marksman Badge.

Terry Craig Priebe
Terry Craig Priebe

Craig’s second tour of duty included 13 months in the jungles followed by ten months at Camp Pendleton. According to his sister, “Craig had a lot of health problems as a result of being repeatedly exposed to Agent Orange.” On March 18, 1983, he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest, which was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange.

Wayne Gregory remembers that Craig’s picture was on the Marine Recruiters wall when Wayne signed up. “Craig’s mom, dad, and sister Diane often visited with my family when we were over in Nam, and Craig himself comforted my family,” writes Wayne. “Craig was in Recon, which was fitting considering his physique and strength. We remained friends for years and I last remember him as a trainer in a gym on Brand.”

-Author Unknown.