Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size
Login

Military Photos



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

(201 total words in this text)
(1517 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

Which branch of the armed forces did you serve?

[ Results | Polls ]

Votes: 133

This Day in History
1669: The island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea falls to the Ottoman Turks after a 21-year siege.

1864: A guerilla band led by William "Bloody Bill" Anderson sacks the town of Centralia, Missouri, killing 22 unarmed Union soldiers before massacring 120 pursuing Yankees.

1915: The German attacks at Eckau (Riga), Dvinsk and on Vilia and Niemen are repulsed.

1916: Constance of Greece declares war on Bulgaria.

1916: At Verdun the German strong attack at nightfall against Thiaumont-Fleury front is repulsed with great loss.

1916: The Romanian Army occupies one-third of Transylvania as the result of one months war.

1918: The second battle of Cambrai and the battle of St. Quentin begin.

1939: 140,000 Polish troops are taken prisoner by the German invaders as Warsaw surrenders to the superior mechanized forces of Hitler's army. The Poles fought bravely, but were able to hold on for only 26 days.

1940: The Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin.

1942: Australian forces defeat the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.