Bennett, John Edward, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1963-1964, USS Ponchatoula (AO-148)
Service Years
1941 - 1966

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Contact Info
Home Town
Montpelier, OH
Last Address
Carlsbad, CA

Date of Passing
Oct 09, 2008
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Bushnell (AS-15)Bureau of Ordnance
USS Tilefish (SS-307)USS Caiman (SS-323)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Ponchatoula (AO-148)
  1941-1943, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
  1943-1944, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1946-1946, USS Bushnell (AS-15)
  1946-1948, Bureau of Ordnance
  1948-1949, USS Tilefish (SS-307)
  1949-1950, USS Caiman (SS-323)
  1957-1960, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1963-1964, USS Ponchatoula (AO-148)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1946-1946 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1937-1941, United States Naval Academy
  1950-1952, Armed Forces Staff College
  1960-1961, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 07, 1941, Commissioned as Ensign
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 20, 1945, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1951, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1959, Promoted to Captain
  Feb 05, 1994, Capt. Jack Bennett: ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW #138 1
  Dec 19, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Submarine war patrols: USS Queenfish (SS-393) - 1st through 5th

As a civilian he managed the Lockheed Ocean laboratory with its research submersible DEEP QUEST. He joined the Reagan Administration in Sacramento and was later appointed by President Reagan as Vice Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. His other activities included Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice President Gulf Maritime with its large submersible AUGUST PICARD, President of California Marine, first Chairman of the Oceanics Committee of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and National Vice President of the American Shore and Beach Association. He was also named a fellow of the Explorers Club.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S.
San Francisco (CA-38)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant John Edward Bennett (NSN: 100269), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. Although suffering great pain from a severe wound sustained at the height of the battle, Lieutenant Bennett, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, organized a party to fight fires which were raging in the ship's hanger while that area was still under hostile bombardment. His gallant initiative, maintained at great risk in the face of grave danger, was instrumental in minimizing damage to the ship and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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