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  • Born October 14, 1929 in Overton County, Tennessee to the late Frank and Lula Tinch, oldest son of eight children.
  • Completed two years High School; completed High School GED while in the U.S. Navy.
  • Joined the U. S. Navy April 12, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Took Boot Training Co. 138 Great Lakes Illinois.
  • Discharged from the U. S. Navy April 4, 1960.
  • Died October 14, 1999 in Overton County, Tennessee
Had three tours of duty in the Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet: two tours aboard the USS CHUAKAWAN AO-100 and one aboard the USS AUCILLA AO-56. Most interesting duty of my tour in the U. S. Navy was aboard the Icebreaker USS Glacier AGB-4, making two trips to the Antarctic in 1956-1958 and visiting New Zealand and Australia. Made three round trips through the Panama Canal, one in 1951 aboard the USS TACONIC AGC-17, picking up dependents of personnel of the Submarine Base at Balboa after its closing, other two trips aboard the USS GLACIER AGB-4 in 1956, 1957 and 1958.
Click to enlargeAfter discharge from the U. S. Navy, I went to work for the U. S. Postal Service as a Letter Carried in the city of Cookeville, Tennessee and retired in 1990 with 35 years of civil service time.

I am married to Judy Gail Benson. We have one daughter, Debra, and make our home in Livingston, Tennessee. We spend a lot of our spare time raising our Granddaughter, Alicia Michelle Melton.

(Webmaster's note: Jim passed away in 1999). As for my hobbies, I enjoy being President of the USS GLACIER AGB-4 ASSOCIATION. I have been President and Reunion coordinator since 1993 and have coordinated three reunions and will do the up coming reunion in St. Louis, MO., in 1999. I enjoy doing the reunions and searching for former crew members of the Glacier. I am also doing genealogy research on my family tree.

I have been blessed with good health up to 1996, when I was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. I took treatments and had surgery in the fall of 1996 and my health has been improving ever since.

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  • USS Tacoinic AGC-17   
  • U.S. Naval Base Signal Tower, Norfolk, VA.
  • USS Chuckawan AO-100
  • USS Aucilla AO-56
  • USS Benewah APB-35
  • USS Chuckawan AO-100
  • USS Glacier AGB-4
  • USS Vulcan AR-5 (TAD)
  • USS Elokomin AO-55 (TAD)
  • U.S. Naval Admin Unit Clarksville, TN
  • Quartermaster Third Class - 10/16/50
  • Quartermaster Second Class - 04/16/52
  • Quartermaster First Class - 11/16/54
  • Changed Rate to Signalman First Class - 12/01/56
  • Chief Signalman - 09/16/58
  • National Defense Medal
  • Navy Occupation Medal (Europe)
  • Antarctic Service Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal (Second Award)
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