Remembering those who lost their lives in Israel's attack on the USS Liberty

James Lee Lenau, January 9, 1947 - June 8, 1967

JAMES LEE LENAU  January 9, 1947 - June 8, 1967 James Lee Lenau, January 9, 1947 - June 8, 1967

Everyone has heard of Washington, D.C., and some know about the space needle in Seattle, in the state of Washington. Not many people know about Washington, Missouri.

This community was the birthplace of James Lee Lenau.

Jim received his elementary education at the Immaculate Conception School. It was during those growth years that he developed a love of sports. He competed at all levels in basketball, baseball and football, beginning with Little League and advancing to more structured competition in his future years.

Jim attended St. Francis Borgia School in Washington and during his last years of schooling, played American Legion Baseball. Jim enlisted in the Navy soon after his graduation from high school. He went to the basic training facility at San Diego and eventually wound up in San Francisco for special schooling. Jim came home on leave in April of 1967, joining the crew of the USS LIBERTY in Norfolk just prior to departure on their next African "safari."

The ship was diverted and wound up off the Sinai Peninsula where Jim was killed along with 33 other shipmates.

On June 26, 1967, a funeral mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington. Jim was buried in the church cemetery.


CTSN James Lee Lenau, USN, 997 56 58
Born 9 January 1947, Washington, Missouri
Active duty since 24 September 1965
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Leander J. Lenau, Union, MO
Died in Naval Security Group (intelligence) Department spaces 
in forward typewriter repair shop

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