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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, June 8, 1944
Struck Mine off the French Coast
On June 8, the Glennon's stern struck a mine. A whaleboat picked up survivors while minesweepers Stag and Threat arrived on the scene, one passing a towline while the other swept ahead of the damaged destroyer. Destroyer escort Rich closed in the wake of the minesweepers to assist, then felt a heavy explosion as she slowly rounded Glennon's stern to clear the area. Minutes later a second explosion blew off a 50-foot section of Rich's stern, followed by a third mine explosion under her forecastle. She went under within 15 minutes of the first explosion. Minesweeper Staff found she could not budge Glennon whose fantail seemed to be firmly anchored to the bottom by her starboard propellor. Most of her crew boarded Staff and those remaining on Glennon lightened her stern by pumping fuel forward and jettisoning depth charges and topside gear.On June 9, salvage equipment was assembled, and some 60 officers and men of the Glennon came back on board. The following morning, just as Comdr. Johnson was preparing to resume efforts to save his ship, a German battery near Quinneville found her range A second salvo hit Glennon amidships and cut off all power. After a third hit, Commander Johnson ordered abandon ship and the men were taken off in a landing craft. Glennon floated until 2145 June 10, 1944, then rolled over and sank. She suffered 25 lost and 38 wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 22

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cox Harley Alexander USN
SF 2c Methodius Balaz USN
TM 3c Theodore Baldwin USN
GM 3c Charles Belmont USN
GM 3c Gerald Brandt USN
PhM 2c George Burnes USN
CM 2c William Burns USN
SM 2c Merle Cuda USN
WT 1c Charles Diersch USN
Sea 2c Billy Dixon USN
TM 1c Freeman Gates USN
Sea 1c Glen Greer USN
Y 2c Harold Iddins USN
TM 3c Kenneth Kaufenberg USN
Sea 1c William Kennedy USN
QM 3c John Lausted USN
RM 3c Robert Lemmerman USN
Sea 2c Jerome Mullaney USN
RM 3c Robert Perrin USN
SM 3c Raymond Ryder USN


Dictionary of American Naval FIghting Ships