JOHN G. TENNENT, III, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Tennent, III '32

Date of birth: December 10, 1909

Date of death: January 30, 1944

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Wikipedia:

Battle of Kwajalein

By 21 December 1943, she was back in San Diego to escort the 4th Marine Division to Kwajalein. En route, Anderson was one of the units designated to conduct a diversionary strike at Wotje on 30 January 1944. As one of the leading destroyers she opened the bombardment at 0642 and began to maneuver to avoid enemy return fire. At 0646, a shell hit in her combat information center (CIC), killing the commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander John G. Tennent, III, two ensigns, and three enlisted men, and wounding 14 others.

John had been in command of Anderson since May 14, 1943.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander John Gardner Tennent, III (NSN: 0-71649), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer-Minesweeper U.S.S. SOUTHARD (DD-207), during an engagement with an enemy submarine near San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands, on 10 November 1942. When sight contact was established with a hostile submarine at a distance of three thousand yards, Lieutenant Commander Tennent immediately engaged the enemy in fierce combat which lasted nearly eight hours. Twice the submarine attacked with torpedoes, but Lieutenant Commander Tennent, displaying expert seamanship and keen judgment, was successful in avoiding them. Directing the maneuvers of his vessel with outstanding professional ability during the entire engagement, he subsequently outwitted and destroyed his desperate and determined opponent, thereby enabling his ship to continue its performance of vital minesweeping duties.

General Orders: Commander South Pacific Force & Area: Serial 822 (March 14, 1943)
Action Date: 10-Nov-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Southard (DD-207)

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Commander John Gardner Tennent, III (NSN: 0-71649), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. ANDERSON (DD-411) in action against enemy Japanese forces from July 1943 to 30 January 1944. During this period of hazardous duty, Commander Tennent participated in the bombardment of Kiska, in the escort and support of the SECOND Marine Division at Tarawa, and in the bombardment of Wotje, during which he was mortally wounded when fire from an enemy shore battery hit his ship. His fine qualities of leadership were an inspiration to those who served under him and his devotion to duty was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Commander Tennent is authorized the Combat "V".)

Action Date: July 1943 - January 30, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Anderson (DD-411)


Class of 1932

John is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.