Orion Oneal Sweeting (1909 - 1986)



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Long Island National Cemetery
Section V Site 3129,
2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, Ny


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Mineola, Nassau County, New York

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: T/4
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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1909 - In the year that Orion Oneal Sweeting was born, the U.S. penny was changed to the Abraham Lincoln design. The Lincoln penny was so popular that it soon had to be rationed and it sold on the secondary market for a quarter. Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to be on a U.S. coin - which was released to commemorate his 100th birthday. This penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust.".

1911 - Orion was merely 2 years old when the first use of aircraft as an offensive weapon occurred in the Turkish-Italian War. First used for aerial reconnaissance alone, planes were then used in aerial combat to shoot down recon planes. In World War I, planes and zeppelins evolved for use in bombing.

1923 - Orion was just 14 years old when on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

1943 - Orion was 34 years old when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

1986 - In the year of Orion Oneal Sweeting's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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Orion Oneal Sweeting died on November 27, 1986 at 77 years old. No cause of death has been listed. He was buried in Long Island National Cemetery Section V Site 3129, Farmingdale, Ny. He was born on July 9, 1909. There is no information about Orion's surviving family. We know that Orion Oneal Sweeting had been residing in Mineola, Nassau County, New York.


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