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John Sweeny '43

Date of birth: January 23, 1920

Date of death: November 9, 1956

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on November 9, 1956 when the P5M-1 Marlin patrol bomber he was aboard caught fire and crashed approximately 350 miles from Bermuda. All ten crewmen aboard were killed.

His wife's name was Mary.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Commander John Sweeny, United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE (VF-191), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 23 June 1952.

General Orders: All Hands (May 1954)
Action Date: June 23, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191)


His F9F-2 Panther suffered a mechanical malfunction on takeoff from USS Princeton (CVA 37) on June 20, 1952, forcing him to ditch. He was rescued by the plane guard helicopter.

Class of 1943

John is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.