The Glennon (DD620) had struck a mine. The Buckley class
Destroyer Escort USS Rich (DE695) had been dispatched to offer the Glennon
As she rounded the crippled destroyer, a mine exploded
approximately 50 yards off the Rich's starboard beam sending a huge geyser of murky, green
water high into the air. The resulting shock wave tripped the ships circuit
breakers, temporarily knocking out her lights and power. Three minutes later
another mine exploded, this one directly beneath her keel, ripping off fifty
feet of her stern. A third explosion delivered the final blow to the already dying ship two minutes later,
buckling what was left of her forward section. By 0940, the proud Destroyer
Escort USS Rich was gone, and with her, the lives of
89 of her crew...
This is the story of the USS Rich
DE695 and the brave men who served our country as her crew. Click the graphic
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