Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size
Login

Military Photos



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

(201 total words in this text)
(1819 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

Should VA hospitals be privatized allowing competition and possibly better care?

[ Results | Polls ]

Votes: 117

This Day in History
1864: General John Bell Hoods Confederate force attack William T. Shermans troops outside of Atlanta, Georgia, but are repulsed with heavy losses.

1867: Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels.

1881: Sioux chief Sitting Bull surrenders to the U.S. Army.

1915: The Germans break through Russian lines on the Bubissa.

1916: The Russians continue their advance in Armenia; they capture Gumishkhanek, on the Trebizond-Erzingan road.

1917: The German breach of the Russian front in Galicia is continuing to grow larger.

1918: The Germans re-cross Marne while the British, French and Italians advance in Ardre valley, in Boise de Courton, and towards St. Euphraise.

1942: The U.S. Army Womens Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

1944: An assassination plot against Hitler by German army officers fails as a bomb planted in a briefcase at Rastenburg goes off, but fails to kill him.

1948: President Harry S. Truman institutes the first peacetime draft with a proclamation calling for nearly 10 million men to register for military service within the next two months.