RADM John L. Linnon, USCG (Ret.)

1935 ∼ 2020

Dave & Lisa Govoni of Sandwich wrote:

Met Jack a few years ago in Falmouth. Had coffee frequently with him & the guys in the morning. He was always nice to me & my wife. Thank you for your military service. Our condolences to the Linnon family.

Joyce Dannv Cunha of falmouth ma wrote:

so sorry we loss a good man my prayers to his family

Ahmed Mustafa of East Falmouth, MA wrote:

Admiral I am going to miss the intellectual conversations that I have been honored to discuss. Rest In Peace Sir it is time for quarters.

John Laraway of Kuna, Idaho wrote:

Admiral Linnon was my captain on two ships, CGC Durable and CGC Munro. He taught me a lot about the sea and the Coast Guard. Always respected him and the mentoring he gave. Had a lot of great memories with him. Farewell my friend and shipmate. God speed and calm seas BMC John B Laraway, Ret

Alan Driscoll of Waquoit wrote:

Jack we will all miss you. It was an honor to have known you. My condolences to the family.

Steve Johnson of Indianapolis, IN wrote:

A Great Captain of the Durable. Capt. was fair, and treated every man in board ship as if they were family. RIP Admiral.

Paul and Carol Tierney of Falmouth, MA m ,!w. wrote:

I want to extend my condolences to family and relatives of our dear friend. You never stopped from having big dreams and goals, now we grieve your departure, we know that whatever you set in mind you accomplished, you were bright and intelligent. You will be missed my friend.

Bud Flanagan of Eastville, Va wrote:

The world has lost a great American, a sailor's sailor and an informed and reasoned voice; I have lost a dear friend. Rest in the arms of the deep shipmate. Bud Flanagan Admiral USN (ret)

Scott Fox of West Falmouth MA wrote:

A good friend and patriot. He will be missed.

Don "Manny" Fillman of sandwich, MA wrote:

Fair Well Adm, was a pleasure knowing and working for you in the USCG!, BMCM Manny

Laurie of South Windsor, CT wrote:

Rich, Sue and Peggy, we are so saddened by the loss of your dad. I can still hear him say "hello Dorf". Godspeed Uncle Jack.

George Gillis of Cataumet, MA wrote:

My condolences to the Linnon family on the loss of this great man. He was a good friend and I will miss our conversations over coffee with the guys. Semper Paratus, Admiral. Commander George Gillis, USNR (ret.)

John Augusta of east falmouth wrote:

Jack was our friend, he was a special man, he was very kind to my wife and son. We will miss you and we are very sorry we will not see you again at your spot on sandwich road. God speed and fair tides. Thank you for being so kind. We will miss you

Richard DeRoche of Middleton wrote:

RDML Linnon was one of the best bosses I ever had. When you dealt with him there was no doubt where you stood. A man of real integrity. We are all better to have known him.

susie callahan of falmouth wrote:

he use to say to me you have a boy friend ill miss our talks john

David Hobson of Portsmouth, NH wrote:

My condolences to the Linnon family. jack was a shining light to all of us who knew him. It was an honor to have been his friend. Rest in peace, Jack.

Pedro Gonzalez of Brunswick, GA wrote:

Thank you for the years of great leadership, sound advise and support. RIP.

James Rogers of Mashpee MA wrote:

You’ll be missed. Always enjoyed talking to you at the local hang out. Fair winds & Following seas Admiral John

Joan Kievenaar of Middleboro, MA wrote:

Admiral Linnon was one of the finest men I ever worked for. I was his secretary for three years in Boston and considered him a friend. His compassion to me when my husband passed away is something I will never forget. May you rest in peace Jack, you will be missed. Joan Kievenaar

LARRY D. ZIM of Bayboro wrote:

Good man. Probably the best skipper I ever had. Captain of the USCGC Munro when I was onboard. RIP

Rachel Antkowiak of Shrewsbury, MA wrote:

I met Jack last Fall and he was one of the kindest people I ever met. Jack had great stories, a great attitude towards life, and a wealth of knowledge. I will forever treasure the friendship we had and will miss him dearly. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends as he spoke of them often and loved them all so much.

Frank Kirkpatrick of Martell Ca. wrote:

One of the finest men I have ever met. Served under him as the Skipper of USCGC Planetree. Can distinctly remember the last words he said to me, after working my last bouy as the boom operator. Had the pleasure also of going on a southpac under his command. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

LeRoy Dennison of Riverview, FL wrote:

It was a pleasure serving as his first "Gold Badge" CEA in the First District.

LCDR Lisa Sharkey of Elizabeth City, NC wrote:

So sorry for your loss!

Tim & Joan Martinage of East Falmouth, MA wrote:

Such an accomplished man. Sending peace and blessings to his family and friends.

Paul Dreyer of Falmouth wrote:

Jack was a good friend and it was a pleasure to have known him. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

John Thackston of Falmouth MA wrote:

Jack and I shared the same Birthday I spent the last 4 with him unfortunately he came up just shy this year will miss him giving me grief & calling me chef well done sorry for your loss

John Hautala of Pasadena, MD wrote:

Rest in peace Jack. I hope the afterlife rewards you with an old MG you can restore!

Captain Charles C Beck USCG (ret) of Tolland CT wrote:

As CO of CGC DAUNTLESS I had an advantage of observing his leadership style once removed when Capt Linnon was CCGD7(dcs). Little did I know how that would become an advantage when I served on his staff when he became CCGD1. RADM Linnon was tough and demanding but consistent. It was a pleasure to serve with him. My condolences to his family, both past and present.

John Hill of Buzzards Bay, MA wrote:

It was my pleasure to serve with you Admiral! May you RIP! You've certainly earned it. Casey.

Wilson James Cox Jr. QMCS (Ret) of Palm Desert, California wrote:

I served with Captain Jack on Planetree W307, his QM1DV from July 1971 to March 1971. I knew then, that that this would be the greatest sea duty ever. Aloha Captain Jack. Your shipmate, Jim Cox.

CAPT John Hruska USCG (RET) of North Falmouth, MA wrote:

A no nonsense guy who never suffered any fools. He was my boss in D1 and I missed him when I retired. We got together for laughs and lunch a few times after he retired a year later. I miss him even more now. What a professional! I have lost a good friend but America has lost a great leader.

Jeff Hubert of Melbourne, Florida wrote:

My condolences to friends and family. Adm. Linnon was my Captain aboard Munro. He was very good to the crew and to me personally. Always willing to give me much needed advice. RIP Sir, and thank you for your service!

Leslie Lavery of Windsor, Ct. 06095 wrote:

RIP cousin. My condolences to the Linnon family.

CWO4 Jim Freeman, USCG (Ret) of Peabody, MA wrote:

RADM Linnon was the without a doubt the most no-nonsense man I have ever worked for. He didn't tolerate any sugar coating. When he wanted advice or opinion, he wanted it straight. A leadership style I have gain from and it was a please to serve on his staff during his final D1 tour. Following seas, Sir.

Bob Duncan of Burtonsville wrote:

My sincere condolences to the Linnon family. I worked for Admiral Linnon twice; when he was in Miami and later in Boston. He became a very important model of mine for what it meant to be a Flag officer. He was firm but fair, supportive and always willing to listen and help. I learned a lot from him and will miss him. Smooth sailing, Admiral! R F Duncan, Rear Admiral, USCG(ret.)

Mitchell Sutherland of Corpus Christi, TX wrote:

I was a young Coast Guardsmen on the CGC Sanibel out out of Woods hole back in 1995 when he was the 1st district Commander. My very first face to face with an Admiral. I sensed he was tough but fair. I gave him a boat ride that day; then I remember seeing him on national tv commenting on the TWA disaster. A true patriot. God bless you Admiral and your family.

Nyein Chan of Yangon & Myanmar wrote:

Dear Captain

CAPT H.F. (Buck) Baley, USCG (Ret) of East Sandwich, MA wrote:

So sorry for the loss of this very professional leader. I served on Admiral Linnon's staff while he was District Commander. I learned a lot from his professionalism and leadership style. He will be sorely missed. Submitted with thoughts of good memories but deepest sympathy for your loss.

Kent Williams of San Antonio, TX wrote:

If you wanted someone who knew his stuff and would tell it as it was, you wanted to serve with Jack Linnon! Our careers overlapped multiple times and it was always my great privilege to work with him. From one former CO of CGC DURABLE to another, I wish for Jack a final sailor's farewell of "fair winds and a following sea." Our thoughts and prayers are with Beth and his family. VADM Kent Williams, USCG(RET)

Dutch Drolette of E falmouth wrote:

I’m sorry for your family’s loss Jack was the best Whenever I strike him I would just smile we had a lot in common I miss seeing him around town I am interested in his services out of the base if you would let me please thank you Dutch Drolette

Ralph wetherbee of Buzzards bay ma wrote:

It was great to work with Mr Linnon as a friend and leader

Ted Nutting of Seattle, Washington wrote:

I was on the Seventh District Staff in the late 1980s when he was the Chief of Staff. I had a lot of contact with him. He was exceptionally supportive and always very nice to me. I'm not a mustang, but I was delighted when that mustang made admiral! God bless you, Admiral! Ted Nutting

noeleen kelly of Dublin 15, Ireland wrote:

Beth so sorry for you're loss noeleen

Margaret Bourque of FARMINGTON wrote:

Our hearts are broken since you left Dad. We are so blessed to call you our father❤ you are missed and I look forward to the day we meet again in heaven ❤

Ellen Lavery Hankard of West Hartford, Ct wrote:

My sympathy to all the Linnons on the loss of Jack


Admiral Jack, my prayers are with you "crossing the bar". My sincere condolences to your family. Thank you for your guidance and leadership. SEMPER PERATUS Master Chief Timothy J Pitts, USCG (ret)

Red Martin of Wimauma FL & Harpswell ME wrote:

Heartfelt condolences to the Linnon family and the many friends who share their loss. Jack and I were office-mates at JCS where he continued his professional history of "firsts" (USCG Mustang: E-1 to O-8; USCG/LO to OJCS and first rate Action Officer in the crucible (Joint Ops Div) of that HQ). That began a 40 year friendship that brought our professional and personal lives in contact (KAL-007, TWA, NAS Brunswick, MMA Castine). Leadership-by-example and from the front were his hallmarks, all while maintaining a disciplined but fair working environment and an enviable sense of humor. Safe journey Jack.

Susan Linnon of Mobile, Al. wrote:

I know my Dad was a great leader. I miss my “Dear Old Dad.” I love and miss you more each day. Susan

Julius Collins of richmond wrote:

Was a dear friend