Captain John S. Lacey, Jr.

Captain John S. Lacey, Jr., USN (covered)

Captain’s Biography


2nd Commanding Officer

Capt. Lacey was born in Portland, Maine and received his commission in 1961 upon graduation from the Maine Maritime Academy

Tours & Decorations

Ashore Tours

Ashore, Capt.Lacey attended Naval Submarine School, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Air Command and Staff College of the Air University, and the College of Naval Warfare. He also was Division Officer director of the operations and maintenance program and budget office at the Naval Sea Systems Command

Sea Tours

Previous at-sea assignments include tours as First Lieutenant aboard the icebreaker, USS Edisto (AGB 2), Weapons Officer on board the submarine, USS Redfin (SS 272), Engineer Officer in the submarine, USS Carp (SS 338), Operations Officer and Navigator aboard the submarine, USS Trumpetfish (SS 425), Operations Officer in the guided-missile cruiser, USS Albany (CG-10) and Commanding Officer of the destroyer, USS Forrest Sherman (DD 931).


Captain Lacey wears the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Antarctic Expeditionary Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

He is married to the former Rebecca Elizabeth Tuttle of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and they have two children, Karen and John

Ship’s Command

During his two-year tenure as Commanding Officer, Shenandoah earned a Battle Efficiency Ribbon and her first Sea Service Ribbon when she made her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.

Included in his many achievements as Commanding Officer, Captain Lacey also guided Shenandoah through two radiological controls practice examinations (RCPE) and one operational propulsion plant examination (OPPE).

Second Change of Command Ceremony

Sharpe Relieves Lacey Aboard Shenandoah

Captain Raymond A. Sharpe Jr relieved Captain John S. Lacey as Commanding Officer of the Norfolk-based destroyer tender, USS Shenandoah (AD 44), while the ship was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for refresher training.

During the change of command ceremony, Captain Sharpe  presented  Captain Lacey  the Legion of Merit Medal on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy.

(Taken from the SOUNDINGS, June 11, 1987. Story by JO3 David A Tirey)

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