James Lawrence Deathridge

Yeoman 2nd Class James L. Deathridge, US Navy Reserve, died on 8th of June 1944. He served on the U.S.S. Glennon. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium.

On 6 June 1944, D-Day of the Normandy landings, the USS Glennon operated off Utah Beach, providing protection for invasion shipping and naval gunfire support for assault troops. Her guns were also active off Utah Beach on 7 June, and Glennon was schduled to deliver more fire support on the following day, but struck amine that morning that destroyed her stern and left her immobilize. While attempting to help, the escort ship Rich hit two more mines and sank. For two days Glennon´s crew, assisted by other ships, tried to salvage the damaged destroyer, whose wrecked after structure locked her to the shallow sea floor. As this work continued on the morning of 10 June, she was hit by German artillery fire, which cut her power and forced her abandonment. USS Glennon capsized and sank that evening. Twenty-five of her crew lost their lives during her ordeal.

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James English Deathridge, 521 Douglas Street, Chattanooga.

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