JOHN C. SWEET, LT, USN
John Sweet '64
Date of birth: December 7, 1942
Date of death: May 22, 1968
From the 1964 Lucky Bag:
John was lost when USS Scorpion (SSN 589) sank on May 22, 1968.
John Charles Sweet was born December 7, 1942, in Los Angeles, Calif. He attended elementary school in Burbank and LaCanada, Calif., and was graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif. While attending high school, he received an award for excellence in debating and was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. In July 1960, he received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. At the Academy he participated in sailing events for three years and collected a number of sailing trophies. He was also on the field ball team.
In September 1964, he reported to the submarine Bluegill as assistant supply officer and commissary officer. He received nuclear propulsion training in Vallejo, Calif., and in Idaho Falls, Idaho, followed by basic submarine training at the Naval Submarine School graduating in June 1966, and reporting to U.S.S. Scorpion shortly thereafter. He served Scorpion as electronics material officer, commissary officer and electrical officer. He wore the National Defense Service Medal.
He is survived by his widow, the former Nancy Olivia Jones of Middletown, R.I., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Irving Sweet of LaCanada, Calif.
Francis Slattery '54, David Lloyd '56, Daniel Stephens '59, John Burke '63, Charles Lamberth '63, George Farrin '63, Laughton Smith '65, and Michael Odening '66 were also aboard USS Scorpion (SSN 589) when she was lost with all hands on May 22, 1968.