John F. “Babe” Gladwaller, Jr., is the eldest son of John Gladwaller and his (unnamed) wife. He was likely born in 1919, judging by his age in November, 1943, when he was sent overseas during World War II. Babe served in France during the Battle of Normandy. After the war, Babe visited Helen Beebers to tell her about the death of their mutual friend, Vincent Caulfield.
Babe is very close to his young sister, Mattie.
- Babe is said to be 24 in Last Day of the Last Furlough, which seems to take place in November, 1943