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Naval officer

John Jennings Ballentine, American naval officer. Decorated Legion of Merit (twice, 2V), Bronze Star Medal, Commendation (V), Presidential Unit (Bunker Hill) Citation, Victory, Yangtse Campaign, American, European, Pacific Areas (5 stars), World World War II; Legion of Honor (commander); Grand Cordon Order Phoenix (Greece). member United Nations Military Staff Committee, 1946-1947. Committee Car. Division 1, 1947-1949.

Background

Ballentine, John Jennings was born on October 4, 1896 in Hillsboro, Ohio, United States. Son of George McClelland and Ora (Eakins) Ballentine.

Education

Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1917. Naval aviator, Pensacola, Florida, 1920.

Career

1 son, John Jennings. Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1917, advancing through the grades to vice admiral, 1949. Served with battleships during World War I.

Aviation assignments since, 1920, including command of torpedo and bombing squadrons in Orient and on United States Ship Saratoga, later on duty in Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, testing and developing bombsights and allied equipment. Executive officer on carrier, Atlantic Command and in Pacific. Commanding officer United States Ship Long Island, 1942 and United States Ship Bunker Hill, 1942-1944.

Deputy commander Air Force Pacific. Commander Division 7, Third Fleet. Fleet liaison officer Supreme Commander Allied Powers, Tokyo, 1944.

Member United Nations Military Staff Committee, 1946-1947. Committee Car. Division 1, 1947-1949. Commander Sixth Fleet in Mediterranean, 1949-1951.

Commander Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, 1951-1954, retired, 1954.

Membership

Member United Nations Military Staff Committee, 1946-1947. Committee Car. Division 1, 1947-1949. Clubs: Chevy Chase (Washington).

Connections

Married Catherine Howard Sheild, June 10, 1922.

father:
George McClelland Ballentine

mother:
Ora (Eakins) Ballentine

spouse:
Catherine Howard Sheild