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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 8, 1917
Date of death: January 12, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Jack, Jake, Sweetie

A very heavy swell rolled into Crabtown Bay one afternoon and cast little Jake upon the beach. He has been here ever since, growling a little, but always knocking the academics for a loop in the end. A true son of the Navy—his home is the place his hat is hanging—or better, where his golf clubs are hanging. Like a true sportsman, he takes his golf seriously, but indulges in a little competition with Tarzan on the side. As one of his nicknames implies, Jake has very little trouble with the girls. He is never too busy to help someone with a prob or Dago. This last attribute is sure to carry Jack a long way in the Navy, his first and last love.

Golf 3, 2, 1, GNF; Star 4; 1 Stripe.


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John was lost when USS Swordfish (SS-193) was sunk, probably by enemy vessels, off the Ryukyu Islands on January 12, 1945. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. John has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Unable to find citations for the Silver Star or Bronze Star medals he was awarded.


John's father was a Vice Admiral and 1901 US Naval Academy graduate who retired with 44 years of service, including acting Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet and president of the Naval War College.

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His brother, William Pye, Jr. '28, was lost in 1938 when his fighter crashed following a mid-air collision off the coast of southern California.

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Class of 1939
John is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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