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Naval officer

George Francis Millen Mentz, American naval officer.


Mentz, George Francis Millen was born on April 20, 1896 in New York City. Son of George William and Florence Livingstone (Millen) Mentz.


Student St. Luke’s School, Wayne, Pennsylvania, 1905-1908. College Scientifique, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1912. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1918.


Ensign, United States Navy, June 6, 1918, and advanced through grades to captain, 1918, and retired (physicial disability, wounded in action 1945) rank of rear admiral, 1947. Served United States Ship Cassin, 1918. Commissioned squadron subchasers, North Sea, 1918-1919, United States Ship Foote, 1921, United States Ship Avocet, Asiaitc Fleet, 1929-1931, flag.

Lieutenant and aide, United States High Commissioner to Turkey, 1924-1926. Instructor, United States Naval Academy, 1927-1929. Charge press relations Navy Department, 1932-1934.

Gunnery officer, United States Ship Richmond, and charge light cruiser gunnery school, 1935-1937. Senior staff officer, United States Mediterranean Squadron, 1938-1940. Executive officer, Reserve Officers Training School, Fort Schuyler, New York, 1941-1942.

Commander task group of heavy mine layers at Casablanca and invasion of Sicily, 1943. Command Mine Force Atlantic Fleet, 1944, Diversionary Attrack Group connection invasion Linguayan Gulf, Philippine Islands, 1944. Retired active service 1947.

With International Refugee Organisation, June since 1947, as chief of Mission in Italy. Decorations: Navy cross, Legion of Merit (combat), Bronze Star, Purple Heart. Star of Solidarity, Knight Commander Order St. Gregory the Great, Military Class (Pope Pius XII). by Coronna d’Italia, Order of St. Mauritius and Lazarus (Italian).


Clubs: Army-Navy Country, Washington.


Married Erica Miller Pochon, October 6, 1928. Children: Susan Beverley, George F. M. Commissioned.

George William Mentz

Florence Livingstone (Millen) Mentz

Erica Miller Pochon

Susan Beverley Mentz

George F. M. Commd Mentz