USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
Decommissioned March 31, 2015
Captain John D. Deehr
Executive Officer (December 2010 - June 2012)

Captain Deehr was born and raised in Warren, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1982. He joined the Navy in 1985 and received his commission from Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI, in February 1986.

His first tour of duty was aboard USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98), where he served as Weapons Officer and Communications Officer. In November 1989, Captain Deehr reported to Commander, Combat Logistics Squadron TWO in Leonardo, New Jersey where he served as Assistant Operations Officer.

Following Department Head School, Captain Deehr reported to USS PLATTE (AO 186) in Norfolk Va. in October 1993 and served as the First Lieutenant. In August 1995, he reported to USS ESSEX (LHD 2) in San Diego, Ca. and completed a 25-month tour as First Lieutenant.

In July 1999, Captain Deehr reported as the Executive Officer, to USS OGDEN (LPD 5) in San Diego, Ca. USS OGDEN was deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the PELELIU Amphibious Ready Group and completed a highly successful six month deployment to the Third, Fifth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility.

Captain Deehr took command of USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) in San Diego, Ca. on 26 October 2004 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in February 2006. During this deployment, GERMANTOWN conducted maritime security operations throughout the Gulf and served as the Afloat Forward Staging Base for anti-terrorism and force protection units at Al Basrah and Khor Al Amaya Oil Terminals in Iraq. Under his command, GERMANTOWN won the 2006 Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award for amphibious ships.

Captain Deehr’s shore tours include: Naval Operations Instructor, Command and Control Systems Course, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA; Amphibious Placement Officer and Deputy Director, Pers-41, Naval Personnel Command, Millington, TN.; Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, Commander Naval Surface Forces, San Diego, Ca.; and Deputy Chief of Operations Plans, U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Fl. Captain Deehr attended the Naval War College in 2003 and received his Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Captain Deehr assumed Executive Officer of USS PELELIU (LHA 5) on 18 December 2010.

Captain Deehr’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit, and service awards.

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