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USS Glennon (DD-840)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Glennon (DD-840)

USS Glennon (DD-840) was launched 14 July 1945 by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Miss Frances Reading Glennon, granddaughter; and commissioned 4 October 1945, Comdr. George W. Pressey in command.

After shakedown off Cuba, USS Glennon (DD-840) sailed from Boston 12 February 1946 for Europe and visited many of the nations washed by the North Sea before returning to New York in August of the same year. Undergoing upkeep at Boston and overhaul at Newport, USS Glennon (DD-840) conducted refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay during April and May 1947. 

Sailing from Norfolk in June 1948, USS Glennon (DD-840) served with the Midshipman Practice Squadron and made calls at Portugal, Italy, and French Morocco. She joined the 6th Fleet in August 1948 for Mediterranean duty, returning stateside in January 1949 for overhaul at Boston. In the winter of 1949-50 she was part of Operation "Frostbite," a cold weather exercise near the Davis Strait, subsequently to sail from Newport 4 January 1950 for another "Med" cruise.

USS Glennon (DD-840) spent January and February 1952 with a carrier task force conducting cold weather training in waters ranging northward to the Davis Straits. From April to October she was flagship of Destroyer Squadron 8, and stood out in June for the Mediterranean, returning to Annapolis in September 1952. For more than a decade the destroyer continued her already established peacetime operation pattern. Highlights of this exacting duty included participation as a recovery station ship in the 1961 and 1962 Project Mercury flights, and in the search for the lost nuclear powered submarine USSThresher. In August 1961 USS Glennon (DD-840) was called away suddenly to join the task force for the Project Mercury space shot carrying Major Grissom. In early 1962 she was again chosen to man an Atlantic recovery station for the historic three orbit flight of Maj. John Glenn. An extensive overhaul at Boston terminated 24 July 1963, and through the remainder of that year USS Glennon (DD-840) trained in the Caribbean, acted as school ship for the Antisubmarine Warfare School at Key West, Fla., and put in at Boston in November for refitting. The years 1964 and 1965 found USS Glennon (DD-840) continuing her ASW work. In September 1964 she was chosen to carry guests to the America's Cup Races. Later in May 1965 she conducted exercises called "Mule 65" in which U.S. Army cadets from West Point were given shipboard indoctrination. Through 1967 USS Glennon (DD-840) continued to operate with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

For a complete history of USS Glennon (DD-840) please see its DANFS page.