GLENNON DD 620
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid March 25 1942 - Launched August 26 1942
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- Covers Page 1 (1943)
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GLENNON was awarded two battle stars for services in World War II
NAMESAKE - James H. Glennon (February 11 1857 - May 29 1940)
Glennon 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 USS 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 USS 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 USS VICKSBURG PG-11 and Monitor USS MONTEREY BM-6. 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 USS YORKTOWN PG-1 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 USS VIRGINIA BB-13, USS FLORIDA BB-30 and USS WYOMING BB-32, 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 May 29 1940
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