Jesmond Dene Balmer
Brigadier General, United States Army
and Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007
Balmer, Jesmond Dene (1895-1979)
Born in Pullman, Washington on March 30, 1895. Attended the University of Washington.
Enlisted service with 346th Field Artillery September 1917-June 1918. Commissioned in the Field Artillery in 1918. Duty with 4th Field Artillery Brigade in World War I, including battles of St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne.
Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Purdue 1935-1936 and the University of Florida 1937-1938. Staff Officer in Operations Division of the War Department General Staff March 1942- June 1942. Commandant of the Artillery School June 1942-January 1944. Artillery Commander of XXI Corps January 1944-August 1945.
Retired in January 1953.
Served with the CIA 1953-1965.
Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Commendation Ribbon.
Died on November 24, 1979.
BALMER, JESMOND D