In Honor of James J. Sweeneyby Representative Patrick Meehan
Posted on 2013-01-29
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mr. MEEHAN. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor James J. Sweeney of
Havertown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sweeney entered the United States Navy
after graduating from high school in 1943, and served aboard the USS
Hancock. The Hancock took part in some of World War II's most pivotal
battles, including the invasions of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and
Okinawa. Mr. Sweeney was honored for his heroic service and awarded the
Philippines Liberation Medal, 5 Battles Stars and a Presidential Unit
It was during his time in the Navy that Mr. Sweeney befriended his shipmate, John Finn. Lt. Finn received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at Pearl Harbor. During the Japanese surprise attack, Lt. Finn manned his machine gun and fought off the Japanese Zeroes for 2\1/2\ hours even as he took an onslaught of bullets and shrapnel. And for the past 9 years, James Sweeney has tirelessly worked to honor Lt. John Finn, who passed away in 2009. On February 15, 2011, those efforts proved successful as the Navy announced that a new guided missile destroyer will be named the USS John Finn.
[[Page E74]] For these efforts Mr. Sweeney is being honored by American Legion Post 667 in Havertown. On behalf of a grateful nation, I congratulate Mr. Sweeney on his efforts to ensure that Lt. Finn's name and legacy lives on, and for his service during World War II, reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Navy.