North High School Wall of Honor
Glenn Richard Sutherland
Class of June, 1937
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Glenn Richard Sutherland
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Glenn R. Sutherland graduated from North High in the June, 1937 class. His next of kin was shown as Mr.William Kepke, 817 West 8th Street, Des Moines, IA. Glenn enlisted in the US Navy. His service number was ___________.
Glenn Richard Sutherland
Year x Rank/Event x Status
date x Enlisted
US Navy
x Enlisted before he graduated from North High School in June, 1937.
June, 1937 x x x Graduated from North High School
date x US Navy x Two months of Boot Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL
date x US Navy
x Training at Harbor Island, Coronado, CA (San Diego)
Assigned to USS Johnston.
date x Stationed x *USS Johnston in Pacific Theater. When the ship was hit, Chet was thrown off of the ship and survived for a number of hours "overboard" until rescued. (Also: *+)
date x Hospitalized x Navy Hospital in Bremerton, WA
date x Discharge x Where?
date x x x Called back into the US Naval Reserves. Korea
date x Discharge x Where and when?
date x Civilian x In Des Moines, IA area
July 31, 2010 x Deceased x Buried?
USS Johnston; Commissioned, 10/27/43-Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp.
Sunk 10/25/44, Battle off Samar
Presidential Unit Citation; 6 Battle Stars
*Chet's version of his Pacific Theater duty aboard the USS Johnston (DD-557):
Highlights that I can remember:

I graduated from North High School one month early, May, 1943, and enlisted in the regular Navy.
I enlisted in Des Moines, Iowa.

Was sent to Great Lakes for "Boot Camp" which lasted two months, had a two week leave to come home and on return was placed in the "Outgoing Unit" (OGU) for assignment.

Three weeks later I was assigned to the USS Johnston, DD-557 which was located at Harbor Island. The Ship was commissioned in October, 1943. The complement of the ships crew was 327 men and officers. Our Captain was Commander Ernest Evans. When we boarded the ship, assignments were given. I was studying to be a signalman and was sent to school for training. A short while after, I was assigned to Fire Control, and sent to school to learn how to use the Mark 37 Director which was located above the bridge of the ship and controlled automatic or manual firing of the five inch guns. In the Director Group was our Gunnery Officer, Lieutenant Bob Hagen, and a total of four sailors of which I was one.
Glenn Richard Sutherland
US Navy

Photo of
Glenn Richard Sutherland
in uniform

Yeoman 1st Class/Fireman
(1) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records can be found online at

(2) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: Glenn R. Sutherland's 1937 class page is:
09/11/10. Died 07/31/10.
Music: "Anchors Aweigh" by the U.S. Navy Band
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