LCDR John Wesley Harvey
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LCDR John Wesley Harvey

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 10 Apr 1963 (aged 35)
USA
Cenotaph Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 75771819 · View Source
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Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered Submarine U.S.S. Thresher which was lost at sea. Harvey attended Henry Edmunds Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and Frankford High School, all in Philadephia. He enrolled in the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. While there he was awarded an appointment to the Naval Academy where he graduated in 1950. After graduation he was assigned to his first ship, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea as assistant navigator. He volunteered for submarine service and was selected for training, graduating in July of 1951 standing three in the class of seventy seven. His next assignment was aboard the submarine U.S.S. Sea Robin where he was designated qualified in submarines and selected for advanced training in nuclear propulsion. He received this training at the Westinghouses's Bettis Laboratory in Pittsburgh and Idaho Falls, Idaho. In July,1955 he reported to U.S.S. Nautilus and remained with that command until August, 1958. During that time he participated in two Arctic cruises, the second of which was climaxed by the first submerged transit of the north polar region and earned the crew a Presidential Unit Citation. After more than a year as first engineer of a new prototype reactor in Windsor, Connecticut, he commissioned the nuclear-powered submarine U.S.S. Tullibee as engineering officer. In May, 1961 he was selected as executive officer of the submarine Sea Dragon based at Pearl Harbor. In Sea Dragon, he participated in the historic rendezvous with Skate at the North Pole in 1962. In January of 1963 Harvey was appointed commander of the submarine U.S.S. Thresher following three months of duty at the Naval Reactors Branch of the Bureau of Ships. On April 27, 1963 the Navy lost contact with the Thresher thus initiating an extensive underwater search using the bathyscaphe Triest as well as other vessels. Thresher's remains were located on the sea floor some 8,400 feet below the surface, in six major sections. A court of inquiry concluded that the Thresher probably suffered the failure of a weld in the salt water piping system causing the Thresher to implode in one or more of her compartments. Ninety six enlisted men, 17 civilian technicians and sixteen officers including Commander Harvey were lost.


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  • Created by: Saratoga
  • Added: 31 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75771819
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR John Wesley Harvey (24 Sep 1927–10 Apr 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75771819, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Saratoga (contributor 46965279) .