Henry J. Gloval was a seasoned veteran of the conflict that engulfed the world prior to the crash landing of the SDF-1 on Macross Island. His skills as a commander and a diplomat earned him the command of the SDF-1 Battle Fortress, and all of the difficulties assumed with such a position.
After the attack of the Zentraedi forces and his brilliant (some say lucky) escape from Earth, he led the SDF-1 and it's mostly green, inexperienced crew, back to Earth, through the middle of the enemy armada. Throughout the war, Captain Gloval was known for several things; his concern for the young men and women under his command, the horrors of the war and the possible ways that such a conflict might be avoided, and for his constant pipe smoking, despite regulations against such activities. It is strongly believed, that without his calmness and well thought out actions, that the battle fortress would have been lost in space.
Captain Gloval was killed in Khyron's final assault against the battle fortress. He died on the bridge of the SDF-1, defending her to the end.