John William Powers
Dates of Service: 1967 - 1969
Birth Date: 7/20/1942
John William Powers was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on July 20, 1942. He graduated from Marblehead High School in 1960, and then from Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts in June 1964. Powers was selected to attend Naval Officer Candidate School in September 1964 and upon completion was commissioned an ensign on February 5, 1965. He was then assigned to the Weapon’s Department on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33), stationed at Long Beach, California. Powers served in the South Pacific during the Vietnam War.
In the spring of 1967, Powers received orders to command USS Constitution, which was on display in Boston, as a lieutenant junior grade. He was the last junior officer to be in command of the ship, and was soon promoted to lieutenant. Powers detached from Constitution in 1969.
Powers left the navy in 1969. He was accepted into the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 4, 1970 as a special agent at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. He worked for the FBI in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1970 to 1971, and in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972 to 1998. Powers left the FBI on January 3, 1998. He currently lives in North Olmstead, Ohio.