Ballantine, John Homes, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Southbury, CT
Last Address
Ballamor Farms
Southbury, CT

Casualty Date
Nov 19, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry


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 Duty Stations
VT-29USS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1943-1944, 131X, VT-29
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Williams CollegeYale University
  1933-1937, Williams College1
  1937-1939, Yale University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Service number 121823
  Nov 19, 2014, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Year Awarded
1943
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade John Holme Ballantine, Jr. (NSN: 0-121823), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement in the line of his profession while participating in aerial flights in the Atlantic Area as pilot of a U.S. Navy Torpedo Bomber plane. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ballantine was participating in anti-submarine scouting patrol on 14 July 1943 when an enemy submarine was sighted. Immediately on completion of strafing attacks by a companion plane he went into action and attacked. The attack was extremely accurate, a direct hit being scored on the submerging submarine. On 23 July 1943, while searching an area in which an enemy submarine had been previously attacked, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ballantine sighted a submerged submarine. Unable himself to make an attack because of his inability to keep the submarine in sight, he directed a destroyer to the submarine's position and later effectively depth charged the U-Boat. The actions described above in which one submarine was probably destroyed as a result of coordinated aircraft attacks, and another was subjected to deliberate depth charge attacks by a surface ship through the intelligent and persistent search of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ballantine reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 14, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
 

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Year Awarded
1943
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant John Holme Ballantine, Jr. (NSN: 0-121823), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, 24 to 26 October 1944. As pilot of a carrier-based Torpedo Aircraft, he participated in torpedo attacks which severely crippled an enemy battleship Task Force. The action, in which he was an integral part, successfully accomplished in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft barrages, removed a serious threat to our ground forces in the Philippine Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill, and his utter disregard of his own personal safety, were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 24 - 26, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Torpedo Squadron 29 (VT-29)
   
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