From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Lenhart '21

Date of birth: July 3, 1899

Date of death: March 19, 1928

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on March 19, 1928 when the seaplane he was piloting broke up while landing at Pensacola, Florida. He was an instructor pilot; the student escaped.

John is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


The "Lt. John J. Lenhart Memorial Tablet," by Edward McCartan, is cited as one of the holdings of the Naval Academy Museum.

There is a plaque at the base of a statue outside the Boeing Museum of Flight that reads:

'Team Effort' by Larry Anderson. In loving memory of Katharine B. Lenhart and Lieut. John J. Lenhart, U.S. Navy, Schneider Team Pilot, 1927. [This plaque was placed in] 1994. Casting by Riverdog Fine Art.

The "Schneider Team Pilot" likely refers to the Schneider Trophy.

Class of 1921

John is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.