From a contemporary press report:Henry A. “Hank” Lachenmayer, 79, a retired Navy chief musician who was a civilian budget analyst with the Bureau of Naval Personnel from 1963 to 1973, died of cancer January 9, 1999 at his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Mr. Lachenmayer served on active Navy duty for 22 years before retiring in 1963. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when that base was bombed by Japanese warplanes, bringing the United States into World War II.
Later service included 17 years of sea duty, service with a Navy band in Pensacola, Florida, and a tour as an instructor with the Navy School of Music in Washington.
Mr. Lachenmayer, a native of Germany, came to this country in 1927 and settled in New York.
He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill and did volunteer work with the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington. He was a past Maryland chapter secretary of the Pearl Harbor Survivors' Association.
His wife of 36 years, Mary Jane Lachenmayer, died in 1982.
Survivors include three sons, Jack, of Waldorf, and Carl and Paul, both of Oxon Hill; three daughters, Jane Dinkins of Bonifay, Fla., Kathy Strahan of Atoka, Tenn., and Elizabeth Livesay of Owings Mills; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
LACHENMAYER, HENRY A. (Hank), MUC, USN (Ret.)On Saturday, January 9, 1999, the beloved husband of MaryJane Lachenmayer; father of Jane Dinkins, Kathy Strahan, Elizabeth Livesay, Jack, Carl and Paul Lachenmayer. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great grandson. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, January 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church, Oxon Hill, MD. Interment on Tuesday, January 19, at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Prince Georges County, St. Columba Catholic Church, or the Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC.
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