John Marocchi Obituary

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John Louis Marocchi

June 6, 1920 - July 12, 2014
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John Louis Marocchi died of advanced cardiac failure on July 12, 2014, in Midlothian, VA. Born Gianluigi Marocchi in Bologna, Italy, on June 6, 1920, he arrived in the United States at the age of two. He lived in New Jersey until 1929, and then moved to Clarksville, TN where he graduated from high school at the age of 15 and attended college, graduating from Austin Pea State University at 18. Following college, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. A member of the class of 1942, he was graduated in December of 1941 and sent into service after Pearl Harbor. Severely wounded aboard the USS Birmingham...
John Louis Marocchi died of advanced cardiac failure on July 12, 2014, in Midlothian, VA.

Born Gianluigi Marocchi in Bologna, Italy, on June 6, 1920, he arrived in the United States at the age of two. He lived in New Jersey until 1929, and then moved to Clarksville, TN where he graduated from high school at the age of 15 and attended college, graduating from Austin Pea State University at 18.

Following college, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. A member of the class of 1942, he was graduated in December of 1941 and sent into service after Pearl Harbor. Severely wounded aboard the USS Birmingham during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, John nevertheless remained in the Navy until his retirement in 1975. He was a veteran not only of WWII, but also of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. An intelligence officer, he was instrumental in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Pueblo Incident. At the age of 42, he attended jump school, earning his parachute wings in a class of men 20 years his junior. Impressed by the physical fitness he achieved in jump school, he never stopped exercising, running 5-10 miles a day until he was in his 70's. When he retired in 1975, he had achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and was the Deputy Director of NSA.

During his life, John never stopped studying. He attended the Naval War College, received two Master's degrees from George Washington University and, at age 55, began work on a PhD at the University of Virginia. He was most interested in economics, politics, and international affairs.

Following retirement, he and his wife Mary moved to Rappahannock County, Virginia, where he worked constantly to turn his farm into a showplace. He was active in civic affairs, becoming chairman of the Rappahannock County Republican Party and was selected Volunteer of the Year by Rappahannock County in 2001 at the age of 81. He was active in the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau and was also an avid vegetable gardener, forester, and beekeeper. He maintained an active real estate broker's license and enjoyed showing strangers around his adopted county. Another one of Adm. Marocchi's favorite projects was the Virginia War Memorial which he was instrumental in creating and on whose board he served for many years.

He left his beloved farm in 2009 only because he had been blinded by a stroke and could no longer drive. After that time he lived in Brandermill Woods Retirement Community in Midlothian Virginia.

Adm. Marocchi was predeceased by his parents, Angelica and Giovanni Marocchi; his sister, Gabriella Marocchi Corti; his brother Andrew A. Marocchi, of Pittsburgh, PA; and his wife of 55 years, Mary Province Marocchi.

He is survived by his second wife, Harriette Horner Marocchi of Midlothian, VA; his two daughters, Helen and Sory; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Culpeper National Cemetery, Old Grounds, 305 U.S. Avenue, Culpeper with military honors provided by the U.S. Naval Ceremonial Guard. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Clore-English Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, John requested that donations be made to the Virginia War Memorial: http://www.vawarmemorial.org/ in his name.
Condolences mat be given at clore-english.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701.

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"I met him once, in the early1980's, when he had an apiary. I bought honey from him. He was a very pleasant fellow. I am sorry to learn that he has passed." James Genthner (Timonium, MD)

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