John P Lehnherr, Jr.

John P Lehnherr, Jr.
War Vietnam Era, Operation Iraqi Freedom/Kuwait Liberation
Branch U.S. Navy
Rank Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Group Type
Group Name
Wall G
Direction West
Row 4
Plaque Number 22

John P Lehnherr, Jr


John was born in Rochester, Minnesota in April of 1954. He was the oldest son of John and Mary Lou Lehnherr. His younger brother Michael was born a year later. His family expanded with a new step mother Bev, a step sister, Jan and a younger brother Bob and sister Susan. John grew up most of his younger years in southeastern Iowa in the small town of Mediapolis, Iowa.

After graduating from high school, John left the very next morning for San Diego to go to boot camp to join the Navy. John continued to train at ICA school in San Diego. John started his career on the USS Nashville from 1973- 1976. He served on the USS Point Loma from 1976-1980. John was an instructor at ICA school at NTC San Diego from 1980-1983. He took is family overseas to serve on the USS Orion 1983-1986. They moved back to San Diego as he served on the USS Dixon 1986-1988 then SIMA/ Naval Station 1988-1993.

John finalized his career as the Command Master Chief of these three commands, the USS Mount Vernon 1993-1996, the USS McClusky 1996-2000 and the Assault Craft Unit One in Coronado 2000-2002. John retired at the end of 2002.

John was trained as a Deep Sea Diver, EOD specialist, Airborne and at the Senior Enlisted Academy.

In 1974 John met his future wife Marcy in Iowa. They married in 1980. Their first son John, III was born in 1982 in San Diego, CA. After returning from Europe they had their second son, Joel in 1988 born in San Diego, CA.

John and his family have been members of Horizon Christian Fellowship since 1980. John was a member of the Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the National Rifle Association and the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Command Master Chief passed away February 2nd, 2018 at the age of 63. He is finally taking his last position in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

John is survived by his wife Marcy, his sons John III and Joel, his step mother Bev Conner, his brother Mike (Lisa) Lehnherr, his brother Bob (Patti) Lehnherr and his sister Susan (Don) Johnson. He is deeply missed by his family and friends.

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