Harvey, John Wesley, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
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
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Date of Passing
Apr 10, 1963
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

 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
Other Comments:

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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Submarine Officer Badge
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Coral Sea (CV-43)Submarine School Officers BasicUSS Sea Robin (SS-407)Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Idaho Falls (Staff)
USS Nautilus (SSN-571)Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) WindsorUSS Tullibee (SSN-597)USS Seadragon (SSN-584)
Naval ReactorsUSS Thresher (SSN-593)
  1950-1951, 118X, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1951-1951, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1951-1953, 112X, USS Sea Robin (SS-407)
  1953-1955, 112X, Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Idaho Falls (Staff)
  1955-1958, 112X, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  1958-1959, 112X, Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Windsor
  1959-1961, 112X, USS Tullibee (SSN-597)
  1961-1962, 112X, USS Seadragon (SSN-584)
  1962-1963, 112X, Naval Reactors Arlington, VA
  1963-1963, 112X, USS Thresher (SSN-593)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Training Exercise - Micowex '52
  1957-1957 Training Exercise - StrikeBack '57
  1958-1958 Operation Sunshine (North Pole)
  1958-1958 Operation Sunshine (North Pole)
  1962-1962 Training Exercise - SUBICEX '62
  1963-1963 Sinking of the USS Thresher (SSN-593)
 Colleges Attended 
University of PennsylvaniaUnited States Naval Academy
  1945-1946, University of Pennsylvania
  1946-1950, United States Naval Academy
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