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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 4, 1916
Date of death: April 29, 1944
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1939 Swensson LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:




It's a big change from cruising the dust-swept plains ot Kansas to becoming one of the best boathandlers at the Academy, but here's the boy who did just that. To him, social functions are only things to be endured; but give him a sea-swept deck and he is in ecstasy. Despite his forbidding countenance and unassuming manner, his friends all know that he can be depended upon in a tight spot. He's come close to starring here, too. So capable of looking out for himself, he will listen to a sad tale ot woe without giving a thought to his own troubles. It personal merit is the keynote of success, some day we'll be saying "Here comes the Admiral. Swensson is the name."

Battalion Boxing 4, 3, 2, 1; Orchestra 4, 3, 2; Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; House Committee 1; M.P.O.


Unable to find exact details, but Richard was lost when his TBF-1 Avenger crashed on April 29, 1944 near Truk. He was a member of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 24, operating from USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24).

His wife was listed as next of kin. His brother also survived him.

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Class of 1939
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