John Dachos – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Captain John Dachos, 60, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, who retired from the Navy in 1988 after 30 years of service, died of kidney cancer December 18, 1999 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

During his career, Captain Dachos served in Japan, the Mediterranean, Italy and Vietnam. Among the ships under his command were the Francis Hammond and the Puget Sound. He also was in command of the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia.

After retiring from the Navy, Captain Dachos served as a vice president of XenoTechnix Inc. in Cherry Hill.

Captain Dachos, who was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland., in 1959 and earned a master's degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 1963.

He attended U.S. Army Intelligence School and was assigned as chief of collection for intelligence for naval forces in Vietnam.

Among his many decorations and awards were the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars; the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and Gold Star; the Navy Achievement Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Citation with one star.

Captain Dachos was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, the American Society of Naval Engineers, the American Legion, the Navy League, and the Naval Academy Alumni Association. He was a founder of the Delaware Chapter of the National Kidney Cancer Association. He enjoyed golf, skiing and gardening.

Captain Dachos had lived in Wayne since 1989. Before that, he and his family had lived all over the world. “This is the first place he had a permanent home,” said a daughter, Natasha.

He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne. In addition to his daughter, Captain Dachos is survived by his wife of 36 years, Martha Ann William Dachos; a son, Navy Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Dachos; another daughter, Navy Lieutenant Sarah Dachos, four sisters and a brother.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, Virginia. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Story Chapel at Fort Myer in Virginia. Captain Dachos will be buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday. The family suggests contributions to the Delaware Chapter of the National Kidney Cancer Association, c/o Nancy Good, 2244 Ayreshire Dr., Lansdale, Pa. 19446.

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