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First Name: John

Last Name: Weinel

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: P.

Date of Birth: 1916

Date of Death: 16 February 2004

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1939-1975
John P. Weinel

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1939

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


John P. "Blackie" Weinel
Admiral, U.S. Navy

Weinel graduated in 1939 from the U.S. Naval Academy. During WWII he saw action in the Pacific as a Destroyer Officer, an Amphibious Staff Officer and as Executive Staff Officer of a Carrier Squadron.

During the Korean War he was Air Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. During the Vietnam War he was a Rear Admiral and served as a Carrier Division Commander and a Task Group Commander. During his career he commanded Fighter Squadron 14, Fighter Squadron 42, Air Group 5 and 22, USS Great Sitkin (Ammunition Ship) and USS Ticonderoga (Attack Carrier).

Weinel served six tours of duty in the Pentagon. His assignments included Director of Political-Military Affairs (Navy), Director of Strategic Plan (Navy), Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Director of Plans for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Assistant to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was a graduate of the NATO Defense College and NATO War College.

On 2 August 1974, he was promoted to Admiral and assigned as U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee (USMILREP) from 1974-77.

Admiral Weinel retired from the Navy in 1977.

Medals and Awards

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (4 Awards)
Legion of Merit (2 Awards)
Air Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

In Retirement

After retiring from the Navy, Weinel lived in Bonsall, CA and was an international champion pigeon racer and breeder.


Admiral John P. ``Blackie ' ' Weinel died on 16 February 2004 at the age of 87. He is survived by wife Annabel Weinel; three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Honoree ID: 674   Created by: MHOH




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