John R. McNamara

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John R. McNamara
Born (1927-09-04)September 4, 1927
Boston, Massachusetts
Died April 16, 2001(2001-04-16) (aged 73)
Brighton, Massachusetts
Allegiance USA
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral

Chaplain (Rear Admiral) John R. McNamara, USN (September 4, 1927 – April 16, 2001) was an American Navy officer who served as the 17th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy from 1985 to 1988. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.[1]


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, McNamara was ordained to the priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston on January 10, 1952. On April 12, 1992, McNamara was named titular bishop of 'Risinium' and auxiliary bishop of the Boston Archdiocese and was ordained on May 21, 1992. He resigned on October 12, 1999 and died on April 16, 2001.[2]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Alvin B. Koeneman
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy
Succeeded by
Neil M. Stevenson