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Photo # NH 97571:  Lt. John W. Harvey, November 1955

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Lieutenant Commander John W. Harvey, USN, (1927-1963)

John Wesley Harvey was born in the Bronx, New York, on 4 September 1927. He attended public schools in Philadelphia and studied at the University of Pennsylvania briefly before entering the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946. After graduation as a member of the Class of 1950, Ensign Harvey served for a year in the aircraft carrier Coral Sea (CVB-43), then was sent to Submarine School. He served in USS Sea Robin (SS-407) in 1952-53, then spent two years receiving instruction in nuclear power.

In July 1955, Lieutenant Harvey joined the pioneer nuclear submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571). In 1958 he was assigned as Chief Engineer of the land-based S1C prototype nuclear powerplant, then was Engineer in the nuclear submarine Tullibee (SSN-597) and Executive Officer of USS Seadragon (SSN-584). While serving in Nautilus and Seadragon, he participated in under-ice voyages to the North Pole.

Lieutenant Commander Harvey took command of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Thresher (SSN-593) in January 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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Photo #: NH 97571

Lieutenant John Wesley Harvey, USN

Full face view portrait photograph, taken 14 November 1955 by Farber.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Photo #: USN 1037076

USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

Judges from the submarine's crew meet in the wardroom to chose the winning entry in the North Pole flag contest, during her North Pole cruise, 12 August 1958.
Those present are (from left to right):
Lieutenant John W. Harvey, USN;
Chief Engineman Hercules H. Nicholas, USN;
Commander R.F. Dobbins, Medical Corps, USN; and Chief Hospitalman John A. Aberle, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Page made 31 March 2001
Photo caption text corrected 21 October 2001