John George Now , 73, a retired Navy Captain who was a combat veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War, died February 10, 1994 at home in Fairfax City, Virginia. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gerhig's disease.
He was commissioned in 1942, and served aboard submarines in Pacific during World War II. In Vietnam, in 1968-1969, he commanded river assault flotilla on the Mekong River. During the Korean War, had served with the Bureau of Naval Weapons in Washington.
In addition to his wartime assignments, he held a variety of sea-going and staff posts, and he also did a tour as instructor at the Advanced Undersea Weapons School in Key West, Florida. He was stationed at the Pentagon when he retired from active duty in 1973.
After retirement, he spent a decade with VSE Corporation, an Alexandria defense contractor, where be became the first manager of its marine programs-ocean engineering division, before retiring a second time.
He was a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, and a 1942 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He received a master's degree in systems management at the University of Southern California.
His medals included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, both with combat “V,” and the Purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Neal Ayala Now of Fairfax City; a son, three daughters, a sister, and three grand-children.
Services will be held at the Fort Myer Chapel on Thursday, February 17, 1994 at 1 pm with interment to follow in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 50). Expressions of sympathy made be made to the VNA Community Hospice, Arlington, Virginia.
September 17, 1920-February 10, 1994.
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