From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Pye '39

Date of birth: August 8, 1917

Date of death: January 12, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


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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.


From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty USS Nashville (CL-43) 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Nov 1940
  • Under Instruction Submarine School 1942
  • Torpedo & Gunnery Officer USS Swordfish (SS-193) May 1943
  • Executive Officer USS Swordfish (SS-193) Apr 1944 - Jan 1945
  • Acting Captain USS Swordfish (SS-193) 31 Aug 1944
  • Ensign 1 Jun 1939
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 1 Jun 1942
  • Lieutenant (T) 15 Jun 1942
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Mar 1944


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.

Class of 1939

John is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.