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, [USS Anderson] 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)

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1932

Ensign, tempo, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: ENS Ward Bronson '31 and ENS James Reilly '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S).

January 1933

Ensign, tempo, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: ENS Ward Bronson '31 and ENS James Reilly '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20, 1LT Thomas Jordan '26, and ENS Philip Smith, Jr. '30.

July 1933

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20, 1LT Thomas Jordan '26, and LTjg Philip Smith, Jr. '30.

October 1933

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20, 1LT Thomas Jordan '26, and LTjg Philip Smith, Jr. '30.

April 1934

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20 and 1LT Thomas Jordan '26.

July 1934

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20 and 1LT Thomas Jordan '26.

October 1934

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20 and 1LT Thomas Jordan '26.

January 1935

Ensign, USS Portland

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20 and 1LT Thomas Jordan '26.

April 1935

Ensign, USS Portland

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Portland

Others at this command: LTjg Reynolds Smith '32.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Portland

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Portland

Others at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Gamble

Others at this command: LTjg Ward Bronson '31.

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Gamble

Others at this command: LTjg Ward Bronson '31.

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Gamble

Others at this command: LTjg Ward Bronson '31.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dahlgren

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dahlgren

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dahlgren

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dahlgren

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, LTjg George Fuller '35, and LTjg George Lambert '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy) and 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (USS Reina Mercedes, Naval Academy).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, and LTjg George Fuller '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy).


Class of 1932

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