Retired Navy Captain John Hayes Jenkins, 83, a veteran of World War II who later worked as a volunteer and driver with the American Red Cross here for many years, died of cancer Feb. 27 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Capt. Jenkins received a Navy commission in 1917 after graduating from the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He served as a submarine commander during the early 1920s and commanded manded the U.S.S. Whipple with the Asiatic fleet prior to World War II. During World War II he commanded the U.S.S. Capella at Clong Beach, Calif., and in the Panama Canal Zone.

His last assignments before retiring in 1945 were with the 8th Naval District in New Orleans, where he was commander of the inshore patrol, and as navigator with the U.S.S. Maryland.

He lived in Redlands, Calif. and worked in real estate before moving here permanently in 1952.

For the next 20 years or so, Capt. Jenkins worked as a driver for blood donors and in other volunteer capacities with the D.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross.

He was born in Empire, Ore. His wife, the former Frances Noonan, whom he married in 1918, died in 1962.

Survivors include two sons, John H. Jr., of Bethesda, and Joseph E., of San Refael, Calif.; a sister, Eva Webb, of Eugene, Ore.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.