Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size
Login

Military Photos



Lieutenant Commander John W. Harvey, USN, (1927-1963)

(201 total words in this text)
(1125 Reads)  Printer-friendly page
John Wesley Harvey was born in the Bronx, New York, on 4 September 1927. He attended public schools in Philadelphia and studied at the University of Pennsylvania briefly before entering the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946. After graduation as a member of the Class of 1950, Ensign Harvey served for a year in the aircraft carrier Coral Sea (CVB-43), then was sent to Submarine School. He served in USS Sea Robin (SS-407) in 1952-53, then spent two years receiving instruction in nuclear power.

In July 1955, Lieutenant Harvey joined the pioneer nuclear submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571). In 1958 he was assigned as Chief Engineer of the land-based S1C prototype nuclear powerplant, then was Engineer in the nuclear submarine Tullibee (SSN-597) and Executive Officer of USS Seadragon (SSN-584). While serving in Nautilus and Seadragon, he participated in under-ice voyages to the North Pole.

Lieutenant Commander Harvey took command of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Thresher (SSN-593) in January 1963, while she was in the shipyard for overhaul. He took his "boat" to sea for the first time for post-overhaul trials. On 10 April 1963, Lieutenant Commander John W. Harvey lost his life when Thresher accidently sank during diving tests.

Military History
Forum Posts

Military Polls

What is the most important program of the Veterans Administration?

[ Results | Polls ]

Votes: 72

This Day in History
1708: French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. Johns.

1862: The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.

1866: Determined to challenge the growing American military presence in their territory, Indians in northern Wyoming lure Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his soldiers into a deadly ambush. Fetterman and eighty soldiers were killed.

1944: German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at the Bastogne in Belgium.

1950: Far East Air Force executed "Operation Kiddie Car" by transporting 1,000 Korean War orphans to the island of Cheju-do.

1951: General Matthew Ridgway broadcasted a message requesting that the Red Cross be allowed to inspect communist POW camps.

1969: Thailand announces plans to withdraw its 12,000-man contingent from South Vietnam. Thai forces went to Vietnam as part of the Free World Military Forces, an effort by President Lyndon B. Johnson to enlist allies for the United States and South Vietnam.

1972: The Defense Department announces that eight B-52 bombers and several fighter-bombers were lost since the commencement of Operation Linebacker II on December 18.

68: Vespian, a gruff-spoken general of humble origins, enters Rome and is named emperor by the Senate.