PVT Cecil Glen Pugh was the eldest of two sons of Otis Glenn and Clara E (Barker). Cecil was born 20 May 1919 in Providence, North Carolina at a time when his father was farming. Later, his father worked in a printing plant. In 1940, Cecil was clerking in a grocery store. On 13 Apr 1941 he married Sarah Ellen Blalock.
In August 1943, Cecil was drafted. After training he was shipped overseas and on 20 Jul 1944 was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. On 25 Aug 1944 he was found to be missing in action.