Capt. John Dachos

Captain John Dachos USN (Ret.) passed away December 18, 1998 after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was born on May 25, 1938 in Nashua, NH and graduated from the Naval Academy in June of 1959. In 1963 he attended the naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he received a Masters Degree in Physics. Capt. Dachos served more than 30 years in the Navy.

His wife of 35 years, Martha Ann Dachos; a son, Lt. Cmdr. Jonathon Dachos; two daughters, Natasha DuFresne and Navy Lt. Sarah Dachos; four sisters, Melba Congleton, Lucille Gelpi, Joan Aguirre, and Elaine Ethier; and one brother, James Dachos, survive him.
Capt. John Dachos

Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Francis Hammond from November 1975 through February 1978

Ship Assignments:

  • U.S.S. McGowan (DD-678) - Damage Control Assistant
  • U.S.S. Stribling (DD-867) - Engineering Officer
  • U.S.S. Leahy (DLG-16) - Engineering Officer (Plankowner)
  • U.S.S. Vreeland (DE-1068) - Executive Officer (Plankowner)
  • U.S.S. Francis Hammond (FF-1067) - Commanding Officer
  • U.S.S. Puget Sound (AD-38) - Commanding Officer

Other Commands:

  • Naval Ship Systems Engineering, Philadelphia
Decorations and Awards:

Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and Gold Star; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Battle Efficient "E" Ribbon with two "E's"; Meritorious Unit Citation with one Star; Vietnam Service Medal with one Star.

Information contributed by Jack Kitterman


Submitted by Geldon Harper