John W Sweeny (1909 - 1983)

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John W Sweeny
1909 - 1983
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April 14, 1909
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July 16, 1983
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Medford, Jackson County, Oregon 97501
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John W Sweeny was born on April 14, 1909. He died on July 16, 1983 at 74 years old. We know that John W Sweeny had been residing in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon 97501.
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Eagle Point National Cemetery Section A Site 1060 2763 Riley Road, in Eagle Point, Oregon 97524
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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: LCDR
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea

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John W Sweeny passed away on July 16, 1983 at age 74. He was buried in Eagle Point National Cemetery Section A Site 1060, Eagle Point, Oregon. He was born on April 14, 1909. There is no information about John's surviving family. We know that John W Sweeny had been residing in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon 97501.

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In 1909, in the year that John W Sweeny was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1916, by the time he was just 7 years old, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1920, he was just 11 years old when on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1974, he was 65 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1983, in the year of John W Sweeny's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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