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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ March 25 1942.
Launched August 26 1942 and commissioned October 8 1942.
Struck mine off Normandy France June 8 1944.
Stricken July 29 1944.
Fate Sunk by shore batteries June 10 1944.
25 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Glennon 69kJames H. Glennon was born on 11 February 1857 at French Gulch in Shasta County, California. He received his higher education at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1878, and spent most of the following seven years in the Pacific on the warships Lackawanna, Alaska, Pensacola and Ranger. He returned to the Naval Academy for service in the training ship Constellation during the later 1880s. Promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in March 1889, he was assigned to the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, during the last five months of that year, and then served in the cruiser Charleston. Glennon had further service at the Naval Academy in 1893-1896 and 1899-1900, during nearly all of which time he held the rank of Lieutenant. From mid-1896 to the end of 1898 he was an officer of the battleship Massachusetts, in which he participated in the Spanish-American War's Cuban campaign. During the early 1900s, Lieutenant Commander Glennon served on the Asiatic Station, as Executive Officer of the gunboat Vicksburg and monitor Monterey. He also commanded the smaller gunboat General Alava and was in charge of the Nautical School at Manila. Stationed at Mare Island in 1904 and at the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D.C., in 1905-1907, Commander Glennon's next seagoing assignment was as Commanding Officer of the gunboat Yorktown in the Pacific in 1907 and 1908. Further shore duty at the New York Navy Yard was accompanied by promotion to Captain in October 1909. Over the next six years he commanded the battleships Virginia, Florida and Wyoming, as well as serving on boards dealing with Naval ordnance, a field in which he had extensive expertise. In 1915-1917 Captain Glennon was Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and was promoted to Rear Admiral while in that post. He carried out a special mission to Russia during 1917, and then had command of a series of Atlantic Fleet battleship divisions. Rear Admiral Glennon's final assignments were as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District, headquartered at Seattle, Washington, in late 1918 and early 1919, and the New York based Third Naval District from March 1919 until his retirement from active duty in February 1921. James H. Glennon died in Washington, D.C., on 29 May 1940. Photo #: NH 49336. Rear Admiral James H. Glennon, USN, Commandant, Third Naval District photographed at New York City, circa 1919. Note details of his boat cloak. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
Glennon 82kArtist's conception of the Glennon as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Glennon 105kUndated, location unknown.-
Glennon 92kUndated, port side view of the Improved Benson-Gleaves Class-
Glennon 64kUndated, location unknown. The ship in the center background is probably the battleship USS Nevada (BB-36) which would palce the photo in the period just prior to D-Day. Also, the caption on the photo of "At Sea" would appear to be in error.Fred Weiss/Bill Fessenden
Glennon 32kUSS Glennon (DD-620) foreground, whith another unidentified destroyer in a convoy bound for France. Photo taken from "US Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Glennon 40kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Glennon (DD-620) and USS Jeffers (DD-621) on August 26 1942. Courtesy of Kerman
Glennon 153kOctober 21 1942 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 153kOctober 22 1942 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 108kApril 1 1943 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 153kApril 1 1943 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 154kMay 24 1943 at New York Navy Yard, USS Glennon (DD-620) with USS Maddox (DD-622) front left and front right is USS Butler (DD-636).Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 254kMay 24 1943 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Glennon 161kUSS Glennon (DD 620) on October 19 1943 place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Murphy 45kUSS Murphy (DD-603) under tow by the USS Glennon (DD-620) until a Coast Guard Tug can arrive to relieve her, October 21 1943.Mike Green
Glennon 118kUSS Glennon (DD-620), at right After her stern was blown off by a mine, off Normandy on 8 June 1944. USS Rich (DE-695), a U.S. PT boat, a British motor launch, and a U.S. "Auk" class minesweeper are standing by. Rich soon hit another mine, which also destroyed her stern, and was then sunk by a third mine. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Glennon 246kMap showing the location of the loss of the USS Meredith (DD-726), USS Corry (DD-463) and USS Glennon (DD-620) during the first 4 days of the D-Day invasion, June 6 - 10, 1944. Chart from the June 2002 edition of National Geographic.Joe Radigan

USS GLENNON DD-620 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Floyd Charles Camp    Oct 8 1942 - Aug 30 1943
CDR Clifford Arthur Johnson    Aug 30 1943 - Jun 10 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Anthony De Natale
Address: 517 Powell Street, Staten Island, NY 10312-2626
Phone: 718-948-6415
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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