Commander John Baughn Earnhardt, USN
Commander John B. Earnhardt was assigned as Prospective Executive Officer of YELLOWSTONE (AD-41) when he suffered a fatal heart attack on 23 October 1979.
Commander Earnhardt was born on 14 June 1940 and reared in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from John B. Stetson University with a BME degree in secondary Education.
Upon receiving his commission in 1963, he served in USS GUADALCANAl (lPH-7) as assistant C1C Officer. He then was ordered to USS WilliS A. LEE (OL-4) as Main Propulsion Assistant where he began a distinguished naval career as a ship's engineering specialist while maintaining his status as an unrestricted line officer. He served as Engineer Officer USS BASllONE (00-824), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS BOSTON (CA-69), and Engineer Officer in both USS YANCEY (lKA-93) and USS CHICAGO (CG-11). He was later assigned to the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board. Engineering tours at sea were interspersed with advanced Vietnam Language School in Monterey, California, followed by duty as an advisor and also service as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations' Shore Establishment Realignment ProJect
Commander Earnhardt also served as Executive Officer, USS CAYUGA (LST-1186)} and most recently} on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface force, U.S. Pacific fleet where he was assigned as Engineering Systems Officer in the Readiness and Training Branch.
Commander Earnhardt is survived by his wife, Mary Jo of Atlanta, Georgia and three children: Jay (19), Jeff (17) and Judi (15). The family resides in Roswell, Georgia.
Commander Earnhardt was especially selected to be Executive Officer of YEllOWSTONE and was looking forward to his tour of duty. He will be greatly missed. The Commanding Officer and crew of YEllOWSTONE express their heartfelt sympathy to the Earnhardt family in their
The national ensign hoisted to the yardarm signifying commissioning of YEllOWSTONE will be the same one which adorned Commander Earnhardt's casket.