JOHN M. SWEENEY, CDR, USN
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
JOHN MILTON SWEENEY
How Jack managed to stand near the top in almost every class with a minimum of studying will ever be a mystery. Perhaps he got the secret from his alma mater, the University of Texas. Although his entrance into the Naval Academy radically changed his plans to become a sportswriter, Jack missed few major sporting events at the academy. He tried a few sports himself, but, not being of varsity caliber, contented himself with being one of the mainstays of the championship company soft ball team. His partiality for Texas girls slowed his dragging efforts somewhat, but he was usually there when the band started playing.
He was a member of the soccer team.
The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.
Unable to find any information on John's loss.
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
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.