Zimmerman, John David, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1960, 410X, Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
Service Years
1933 - 1960
Foreign Language(s)
Chaplain Christian

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Contact Info
Home Town
Tiffin, OH
Last Address
Smithfield, RI

Date of Passing
Oct 07, 1994
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 E-77-1 LH

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity

John Zimmerman's parents were divorced when he was six years old and his mother raised him in the home of her parents. Up until his first couple of years in college, he felt the church he attended was the center of his life. He explained the work he did in those early years. "I was a janitor, Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, acolyte, and assisted in every possible way that one could be in a parish as a lay person". Although he was active in the church, he insisted he wouldn't go into the ministry. At college, he found the required religious classes "tedious and tiresome".

He wanted to join the Navy and was accepted into the US Naval Academy. His dream of service was dashed when he failed out because he couldn't pass the math class. Still wanting to attend college, he ask the rector at his church about Heidelbugh college. That rector told him about the seminary classes and insisted that's what John must do; however, John disagreed. Once at school, he decided to take the seminary classes because, as he said, "the seminary caseload was not that difficult".

As much as he insisted he'd never be in the ministry, that's where God put him. He served at various churches until he joined the Navy as a Chaplain. It's interesting that he entered one job he insisted he didn't want and also was able to serve in the Navy which was his original goal.
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Norfolk, VANAS Quonset PointUS NavyJoint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
Chaplains SchoolUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1941, 410X, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1941-1943, 410X, NAS Quonset Point
  1943-1945, 410X, USS Miami (CL-89)
  1945-1947, 410X, Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  1947-1949, 410X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1949-1951, 410X, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
  1951-1953, 410X, Chaplains School
  1953-1956, 410X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1960, 410X, Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Heidelberg CollegeUnited States Naval AcademyKenyon CollegeJohns Hopkins University
  1923-1927, Heidelberg College
  1925-1926, United States Naval Academy
  1927-1929, Kenyon College
  1935-1937, Johns Hopkins University
  1939-1941, Hebrew College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 16, 1929, Ordained as an Episcopal Deacon
  May 11, 1930, To be Ordained1
  May 28, 1930, Ordained as an Episcopal Priest
  Nov 08, 1932, Married Lillian Frances Hunter
  Apr 25, 1933, Commissioned in the Navy at the Rank of Lieutenant (jg)
  Mar 06, 1939, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 15, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Nov 18, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1951, Promoted to Captain
  Mar 19, 1954, Speaks at Virginia Military Institute1
  Jan 01, 1957, Dead Sea Scrolls1
  Sep 04, 2017, Civilian pastorates
  Sep 04, 2017, Civilian awards and honors1
  Sep 04, 2017, General Photos4
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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