They say once a Marine, always a Marine. That certainly goes for Leroy Glover, a 92-year-old Shelton resident who saw active combat during World War II. Glover\u2019s fondness for the Marines led to him to place a statue of a marine in the back of his Meadow Street property. He carefully painted the statue, which is more than three feet in height, so the saluting Marine is in its dress blues. He also positioned a small American flag so it appears the Marine is carrying it. \u201cI really dressed him up in blue, with the red stripes,\u201d Glover said. \u201cIt\u2019s a tribute to the Marine Corps and recognition of my being a Marine.\u201d The Marine is near a similar statue of a firefighter. It\u2019s on a cinderblock base with a sign that says, \u201cT\/Sgt \u2014 USMC, Leroy Glover, Okinawa, 1942-1945.\u201d A friend made the base for Glover, who served as a technical sergeant in the Marines, spending time at the Battle of Okinawa. Glover came to own the Marine statue in a roundabout way. It had belonged to a friend who rented a house from him, and became Glover\u2019s property after his friend\u2019s death. \u201cI\u2019d see the statue when I went over to collect rent, and I liked it,\u201d he said. Glover isn\u2019t sure where his friend acquired the statue, which is made of cement. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor When the United States entered World War II in late 1941, Glover soon enlisted in the military. He signed up with a friend at a New Haven recruiting station. Eventually, so did all four of his brothers. All served and all survived the war, but now all his siblings are deceased. As a member of the Marine Air Corps in the Pacific, Glover spent a lot of time moving from place to place to set up camps for others coming ashore. A bomb once was dropped on a ship he was on, but no one was killed. At Okinawa, he could see the kamikaze Japanese pilots in the distance slowing down to crash into U.S. planes on the ground. There were a lot of explosions. \u201cSmoke and fire,\u201d he said. \u201cI was very fortunate.\u201d Grew up in a simpler city Glover was born and raised on Meadow Street, coming of age in a city that included a downtown with bustling factories and rural areas with many farms. \u201cWhen I grew up, we didn\u2019t have any power equipment,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was all hand tools. I once had to saw a building in half to take it down.\u201d His father, Charles Glover, served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Shelton in the late 1930s and 1940s. Charles Glover ran a construction company, and his son Roy learned how to work with his hands at a young age. Roy specialized in carpentry but did other kinds of construction work as well. He spent a few years at Shelton High but left early over his father\u2019s objections because he wanted to work. \u201cI was always building something,\u201d he said. His father put him to work and kept him busy. \u201cI wasn\u2019t an engineer but I knew how to build things,\u201d he said. His company, Glover & Regan, constructed many houses and manufacturing plants around the city. He developed homes on 190 acres in Upper White Hills, near the Housatonic River and close to the Monroe border. He served as president and board chairman of Shelton Savings & Loan and also was on the board of other local banks. Glover still owns residential real estate around the city that is rented to tenants. Once built a helicopter Glover\u2019s fondness for building things led him to construct a helicopter from a kit in the late 1970s that he would fly over his property. The copter could go about 100 feet off the ground. He also began constructing an amphibian vehicle but never finished it. \u201cI ran out of steam,\u201d he said, laughing. Glover flew planes a bit when there was an airfield called Island Airport on Riverdale Avenue, just south of downtown. He has slowed down a bit through the years, and had to stop driving a car. He then rode a moped for a while, but also had to give that up. Glover once was an auxiliary state trooper, working out of the Westport barracks. He also was active with the local Republican Party but didn\u2019t run for office. He has a son, Tom, who runs the family construction firm, and a daughter, Cathy, as well as five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He has been married twice.