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USS Herndon (DD-638)


USS Herndon (DD-638), a Gleaves-classdestroyer, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Commander William Lewis Herndon.



On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Herndon was off Omaha Beach, down front in "Bald-headed Row" ahead of the first assault waves. Despite heavy counter fire from enemy batteries, she bombarded enemy targets ashore.

Herndon remained off the Normandy beaches providing fire support, screening troopships, and antisubmarine patrol until 19 June, when she served as a screen for Allied landings at Baie de la Seine. Further screening duties followed until 11 July, when she reported to Belfast for training as an escort in the Mediterranean. Operation Anvil was the Allies' next major operation. Herndon was part of the joint task force screening aircraft carriers on 16 August when the invasion of southern France was begun.


This flag flew on board of USS Herndon DD638

On DDay at Omaha beach




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