John William Clemenger
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - John William Clemenger, 73, retired Naval Officer, died Nov. 6 after a brief illness. Clemenger joined the Navy as a Seaman at 17 and served on destroyers and submarines before retiring as a Naval Commander in 1988. His career included service on submarines the USS Blenny, USS Sabalo, USS Gudgeon, USS Cod, and USS Henry L. Stimson. He served as Commanding Officer of the USS Oak Ridge, Chief of Staff of Submarine Squadron 16, and as U.S. Navy submarine attachŽ to the British Royal Navy. After retiring from the Navy, Clemenger was active as a grandfather and volunteered in support of several causes. In addition to his wife, Martha, he is survived by his son, two daughters, and four grandsons. He is also survived by his brother and two sisters. A memorial Mass will be held in the chapel at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Sign the guestbook at

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2010.
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January 27, 2011

All John's classmates at South Broward High School send our sympathies to you. John was well thought of by all. Our prayers go with you.
Richard Mayer
November 11, 2010
When I commanded the USS Sabalo, I considered John one of our finest officers. I was glad that he went on to complete an excellent career. Well done, John. I know you will be missed by your family.
Jess and Ginny Cariker
November 10, 2010
Martha, During this difficult time, may the comfort of God's loving arms carry you through the quiet moments and bring you peace. I love you and John with all my heart he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. God BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Janice Smith
November 10, 2010
John was a valued shipmate and friend, as was his wife Martha. We were first acqainted on Gudgeon in '67 and later as classmates at the Naval Postgraduate School. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. "Rest your oar dear friend."

Pam & Walt Welham
Walt Welham
November 10, 2010
We served together on Sabalo. John always knew that the Forward Battery was warmer than the Forward Torpedo Room and that was the basis of a choice in how to lead his life.
Alden Chace
November 9, 2010
Though many years have passed since we sailed together on Sabalo, the memories are still fresh. Farewell, friend, as you go on eternal patrol.
Ron Scott
November 9, 2010
John, You & Martha & Lucy brought so much joy to our family. Thank You so much for your kindness & generosity. Psalm 19:14
Jim & Margy Cesario
November 9, 2010
John, You & Martha & Lucy brought so much joy to our family. Thank You for your kindness & generosity. Psalm 19:14
Jim & Margy Cesario
November 9, 2010
John, You, Martha & Lucy brought so much joy to our family. Thank You for your kindness and generosity. Psalm 19:14
Jim & Margy Cesario
November 9, 2010
I pray that the GOD of all comfort be with your family during this time of great sorrow. I thank you for supporting CDR Clemenger while he served our great nation in the United States Navy.
Al MCNeely
November 9, 2010
Could never forget "Drifty" Clemenger and his "Jackson locker" that he was so generous with. Our 2+ years together on SABALO were mostly fun particularly his nicknames for the officers - The Reclining Budda (Dick Everly), Chubby Checker (me) and unprintable ones for the XO. Rest in peace Old Buddy.
Ken Loveland
November 9, 2010
I'll never forget your mentorship John. You will always be "Sweet John" to your many shipmates.
Rest your oar sailor. We have the watch.
Ken Wiltshire
November 9, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
tom hampton
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