Captain John Lee "Johnny" Prichard grew up in Oklahoma City and in 1957 graduated Southeast High School where he was an outstanding student and a star athlete. Four years later, in June 1961 he graduated the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
As a Midshipman he played on the 1960 football team that played in the Orange Bowl. He was also a star sprinter and broad jumper on the track team. In 1959 he won the Heptagonal Broad Jumper championship. He was a halfback on the 1961 and 1962 Marine football teams at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He served in Vietnam and on 27 January 1968 led repeated frontal assaults on a North Vietnamese Company and was wounded and died of his wounds. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Purple Heart, and is buried at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.