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John Lawson Ballantyne III (born July 20, 1931) is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army.[1]

John L. Ballantyne III
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Born (1931-07-20) July 20, 1931 (age 88)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1949–1990
RankLieutenant general

He is a 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy.

He served as commander of the United States Army Military District of Washington from 1983 to 1986 and as chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board from July 1988 to June 1989.[2]

He was formerly a commander of a Combined Arms Operations Research Activity operation.[3]

His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Soldier's Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster*, the Bronze Star Medal with 'V' for 'VALOR' device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with awards numeral 43 and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

(* - two awards of the Soldier's Medal is rare, seldom noted)

His father, John Lawson Ballantyne Jr., served in World War II.

General Ballantyne is an Honorary Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.


  1. ^ United States. Dept. of the Army (1985). Army executive biographies. Headquarters, Dept. of the Army. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  2. ^ Organization of American States. General Secretariat (1987). Annual Report. General Secretariat of the Organization of American States. ISSN 0078-6403. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  3. ^ Shrader, C.R. History of operations research in the United States Army, V. 3, 1973-1995. Government Printing Office. p. 213. ISBN 9780160872365. Retrieved 2017-01-09.