RICHARD C. GLENN, LTJG, USN
Richard Glenn '41
Date of birth: May 28, 1918
Date of death: November 13, 1942
From the 1941 Lucky Bag:
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