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COL John B. Bennet

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Tampa, FL
  • Date of Birth: 07-11-1892
  • Date of Death: 06-10-1944
  • Conflict: WWII
  • Unit: C.B.I. Theater
  • Port/Base: Burma

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    John Bennington Bennet was born July 11, 1892, at Fort Logan, Colorado, the son of John Bradbury Bennet, U.S.M.A. 1891, and Nelly Sharp Bennet. He entered West Point in June 1912 and was graduated in June 1916. He served on the Mexican border from September 1916 to March 1917 and in France from November 1917 to December 1919. He was twice wounded in action and commanded the prisoner of war enclosure at Brest from June 1918 until September 1919. Among other assignments, Jack taught chemistry at the U.S.M.A. and was graduated from the tank school at Camp (now Fort) Meade, Maryland, and from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. In April 1924 he resigned from the Army and moved to Tampa, Florida. He was active in the Reserve, going to camp in the summer from 1934 through 1940, and serving as president of the Tampa branch of the Reserve Officers Association in 1938. He attended the special Reserve Officers class at the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from March until June in 1939. In November 1940 Jack was called to active service with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served at Camp Blanding, Florida, as executive, until December, when he was ordered to the Command and General Staff School as an instructor in the Intelligence Division. In October 1942 he was promoted to the rank of full Colonel. In November 1942 he was ordered to the C.B.I. theater, where he served until his death from typhus in Burma on June 10, 1944. Jack was married in August 1916 to Mildred Bruns of New York City, who died in November 1919. By this marriage there was one daughter, Emelie Bruns Bennet, formerly the wife of Colonel Frederick G. Terry, U.S.M.A. 1930. (who was killed on Saipan on June 24, 1944) and now Mrs. E. L. Clifford of Providence, R. I. In May 1921 Jack was married to Marion Smith of St. Louis, Missouri. By this marriage there were three children; John B. Bennet, Jr., U.S.M.A. 1945; Charles Bailey, deceased; and Marion Irwin. Besides his widow, his mother, surviving children and three grandsons, Jack is survived by his brother, Colonel Alexander Sharp Bennet, U.S.M.A. 1919, retired, of San Antonio, Texas. Jack was a man of great personal charm, poise, and an innate sense of the fitness of things. He was notable for quick decisiveness and enthusiasm in all his undertakings. To all situations he brought an unsentimental common sense which might have seemed hardness, had it not been tempered, as It was, by great idealism, rigidly high personal standards of conduct, and a never flagging effort to be honorable and fair in all his dealings and opinions. His was the truly large nature that mellows with the years, becoming ever more tolerant, understanding and sympathetic to all, even to those who did not share his high ideals. In loving memory, his widow, —Marion S. Bennet

    Frederick G. Terry III, Great-Grandson