Harvey, John Wesley, LCDR Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - qualified in Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1963-1963, 112X, USS Thresher (SSN-593)
Service Years
1950 - 1963
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1927
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 10, 1963
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Cause
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
Cold War Era (1945-1991)*/US Vessels Sunk/Scuttled/Damaged/USS Thresher (SSN-593)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

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Command at Sea

 
 Duty Stations
Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)USS Coral Sea (CV-43)Submarine/Anti-Submarine Schools/Submarine School Officers BasicUSS Sea Robin (SS-407)
Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC/NPTU)/NPTU Idaho FallsUSS Nautilus (SSN-571)Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC/NPTU)/NPTU Windsor LocksUSS Tullibee (SSN-597)
USS Seadragon (SSN-584)Shore Units/Naval ReactorsUSS Thresher (SSN-593)
  1946-1950, Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)
  1950-1951, 118X, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1951-1951, 117X, Submarine/Anti-Submarine Schools/Submarine School Officers Basic
  1951-1953, 112X, USS Sea Robin (SS-407)
  1953-1955, 112X, Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC/NPTU)/NPTU Idaho Falls
  1955-1958, 112X, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  1958-1959, 112X, Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC/NPTU)/NPTU Windsor Locks
  1959-1961, 112X, USS Tullibee (SSN-597)
  1961-1962, 112X, USS Seadragon (SSN-584)
  1962-1963, 112X, Shore Units/Naval Reactors
  1963-1963, 112X, USS Thresher (SSN-593)
 Colleges Attended 
University of PennsylvaniaUnited States Naval Academy
  1945-1946, University of Pennsylvania
  1946-1950, United States Naval Academy
 Combat and Operations History
  1952-1952 Training Exercises/Operation Micowex 1952
  1957-1957 Operations/Operation Strike Back 1957
  1958-1958 Training Exercises/Operation Sunshine 1958
  1958-1958 Routine/Research Operations/Operation Sunshine II 1958
  1962-1962 Routine/Research Operations/SUBICEX 1962
  1963-1963 US Vessels Sunk/Scuttled/Damaged/USS Thresher (SSN-593)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commanding Officer of USS THRESHER (SSN-593)

Most likely cause of the sinking was a failure in either a pipe, a pipe valve, or a hull weld, causing flooding near the engine room
   
Comments/Citation


Lieutenant Commander Harvey took command of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Thresher (SSN-593) on January 18, 1963, while she was in the shipyard for overhaul. He took his "boat" to sea for the first time for post-overhaul trials. On 10 April 1963, Lieutenant Commander John W. Harvey lost his life when Thresher accidently sank during diving tests.

   
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