James Evan Tennison

Navy Badge
  • Name: James Evan Tennison
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 5, 1947
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Earl Arthur Tennison and Loretta Clair (Ashmore) Tennison
  • High School and Class: 1965 - McGregor High School, McGregor, Minnesota
  • College: 2 years at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: E-5
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: March 22, 1966
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: November 22, 1971
  • Place of Discharge: Jacobson, Minnesota
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    March, 1966 Boot Camp at San Diego, California
    June, 1966 United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois (A-School, which provides technical training for sailors based on their individual rating)
    October, 1966 May, 1968 USS Farragut DLG-6 at Mayport, Florida (The DLG-6 was a guided missile destroyer)
    May, 1968 September, 1968 Naval Training Center at San Diego, California (Combat Readiness Training C School, which provides advanced training within your rating or job)
    September, 1968 November, 1969 USS New DD 818, Norfolk, Virginia (destroyer that was part of the support fleet for the Apollo 11 moon landing)
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  • Military Highlights:
    With the exception of boot camp and schools, all my Navy time was spend onboard ships.

    I did a North Atlantic Cruise (visited 4 countries), several Caribbean cruises for fleet training and exercises, and a Red Sea Cruise where I visited 17 countries, some more than once.

    I was on Task Force 140 - Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force-Launch Abort Contingency in the Atlantic Ocean for Apollo 11, which was the spaceflight of the first man on the moon.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Attended Dunwoody Institute for Heating and Air Conditioning.

    Moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and worked for Minnesota Power in the Electrical Department.

    Married Mary Glarner in 1972. Our son, Jamie, was born in 1974 and our daughter, Gina, was born in 1978.

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