Remembering John Knecht, DoD whistleblower
1949 – October 20, 2007
by Linda Lewis
John Edward Knecht, of Westlake, Ohio, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and auditor/CPA. While Chief of Internal Review at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, he discovered evidence of time card fraud. He reported it to superiors and was promptly fired. Perceiving a coverup, Knecht took the matter to the Inspector General of the Army. But, the IG destroyed the documents Knecht provided. Fortunately, Knecht had retained copies. But, despite a wealth of documentation and years of knocking on Congressional doors, Knecht was unable to get anyone to act on the information.
“Each time, he has come away disappointed, with empty handshakes and vague promises from politicians and their staffs,” wrote Jack Anderson, in Parade Magazine. In an interview, Dr. Donald Soeken told Anderson, “What is frustrating about John’s case is that, for every word he utters, there’s a document to prove what he’s saying.”
John Knecht passed away on October 20, 2007, at the age of 58. Survivors included his wife, Anna Isabelle Salas-Knecht, a son, John David Knecht, and his father, Edward J. Knecht.
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More information about John Knecht
Following is the obituary published for John Knecht in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
JOHN EDWARD KNECHT, 58, passed away Oct. 20, 2007. He was a retired auditor CPA of Peoria, AZ. Formerly of Westlake, OH. Devoted husband of Anna Isabelle Salas-Knecht. Beloved son of Edward J. and the late Annamay Knecht. Dear father of John David Knecht. Brother of Louise Tercasio (Bob), Mary Sender (John), Karen Perhacs (Don), Patricia Knecht, Sharon Beinker-Knecht (Craig), Annmarie LeHoty (David), Dennis, Edward (Bonnie) and Raymond (Dianna). Survived by 10 nieces and nephews. U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Funeral Mass Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernadette’s Church, 2256 Clague Rd., Westlake. FRIENDS WILL BE RECEIVED FROM 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M. FRIDAY AT JENKINS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2914 DOVER CENTER RD., WESTLAKE. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn. For information www. jenkinsfuneralchapel.com www.cleveland.com/obits