James H. Glennon
|James Henry Glennon|
Rear Admiral James H. Glennon, c. 1919
February 11, 1857|
French Gulch, California
|Died||May 29, 1940
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1874–1921|
World War I
Early life and career, to World War I
Born in French Gulch, California, he was appointed a cadet midshipman on 24 September 1874. He served as a midshipman in Lackawanna, Alaska and Pensacola, and later as an officer in Ranger (1881–85) and Constellation (1885–88).
World War I and postwar period
He served as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard and Superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory from 1915 to early 1917 when he was appointed the Navy Department representative in a special mission under Elihu Root being sent to Russia. At the risk of his life, Glennon persuaded mutinous Russian sailors who had taken over Russian ships-of-war in the waters of Sevastapol, to restore command to their officers. After completing the mission to Russia, he took command of Battleship Division 5 with his flag in the battleship Connecticut.
He was awarded the Navy Cross for meritorious service in this command, including the instruction of midshipmen and thousands of recruits for duty as armed guard crews of merchant ships. Detached from this duty on 17 September 1918, he became Commandant of the 13th Naval District until 3 January 1919, then was Commandant of the 3rd Naval District at New York.
Having reached the statutory age for retirement, he was transferred to the Retired List on 1 February 1921. Rear Admiral James Henry Glennon died at Washington, D.C., 29 May 1940, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Two ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Glennon in his honor.
- "James Henry Glennon, Rear Admiral, USN". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.