From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Sweet '64

Date of birth: December 7, 1942

Date of death: May 22, 1968

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1964 Lucky Bag:


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John was lost when USS Scorpion (SSN 589) sank on May 22, 1968.


From USS Scorpion (SSN-589) In Memoriam

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.

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Gerald Siebe '64 and James Roberts '64 were also in 17th Company.

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.

USS Scorpion (SSN-589) In Memoriam - LT John Sweet

Class of 1964

John is one of 25 members of the Class of 1964 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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