RICHARD C. GLENN, LTJG, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 28, 1918
Date of death: November 13, 1942
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

RICHARD CLYDE GLENN

Manhattan, Kans.

Dick lived his life away from salt water a long time before it finally got him. He spent most of the time in Topeka, Kansas. With a college experience and diligent application, Dick soon won the right to wear "stars" on his collar.

Dick likes music of all kinds; he sings in the choir. If he isn't busily engaged selling ads for Reef Points, he is usually trying to sell the book itself. When baseball season arrives, he is right there keeping tab on all the players. Although being a manager takes a lot of time, it is well spent. It pays large dividends in friends on the squad.

Dick likes a practical joke even if it is at his expense. There are times when he takes a terrific running from his buddies but soon he is laughing with them. The more serious side of life appeals to Dick; however, this view is balanced by an appreciation of the lighter side when the occasion arises.

Baseball Manager 3, 2, 1; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Advertising Manager Reef Points; Reception Committee 3, 2, 1.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.

Obituary

From Find A Grave:

Richard Clyde "Dick" Glenn was a survivor of the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona, but tragically lost his life later in World War II.

Dick was born to William Clyde Glenn and Belle Hatch Glenn on 28 May 1918. He was born in Perry, but his family moved to Manhattan soon thereafter. Growing up in Kansas, the ocean was not a part of Dick's childhood, but he apparently caught the sea air anyway! He attended Annapolis and was active in school activities as a cadet. The 'Lucky Bag' documents Dick's activities as Baseball Manager, member of the choir, and advertising manager for Reef Points.

Dick was commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Navy on 7 February 1941 and he was soon assigned to the U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39). He was on duty in his position as Junior Watch Officer when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Manning his battle station as Sec. Battalion Officer 2, Dick survived the sinking and immediately joined the crew of another vessel.

Dick was serving aboard the USS Juneau (CL 52) U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal when he was killed in action on 13 November 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Dick is honored on the list of survivors inscribed at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, and on the Tablets of the Missing in Manila, the Philippines.

Like many who survived the bombing of the U.S.S. Arizona, Dick chose to remain in service, fighting in remembrance and honor of his lost comrades. His dedication, and his sacrifice, were great. Evelyn Park Blalock


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