The sprig of oak
showing three leaves Vert with one acorn was chosen to
depict self-reliance, independence and a fresh start in America. The
fess wavy represents two ocean voyages: Fleeing from Gotenhafen to
Kiel, in January 1945 via the Baltic Sea and emigrating from
Bremerhaven to New York City, via the Atlantic Ocean in March 1952,
finally settling in New York State. The uprooted oak tree represents
the last of the armiger’s family in Europe.
The crest of two arrows in saltire represent the US Army Special
Forces branch and the officer’s sword sheathed in its scabbard
indicates that the armiger is a retired U.S. Army officer.
The Motto Ave Atque Vale is a quote from Gaius Valerius Catullus,
Roman Poet, 54 B.C. and is intended to signify the sentiment “I
salute you America, goodbye Europe”.
The armiger, born 1938 in Marienburg, West Prussia, is the eldest
son of Brunislaus Glodny and his wife Anna Glodny, née Anna Tröder.