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Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween

August 3, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class (Diver) Joseph A. McSween. He was killed in Iraq, where he was serving as a demolitions specialist, on April 6, 2007, by an IED that hit his humvee.

Joseph was born August 11th, 1980, in Valdosta, GA but considered York, Nebraska his home. York was the place where he graduated college in 2003 and it was there he also met his future wife, Erin (Hammitt) McSween. Together, they had two young daughters, Lilly and Gwyneth.

“Adam was just a very likable guy,” says Steddon Sikes from the public relations department at the college. “His big smile, mixed with his southern charm, made it easy to be around him. I remember that when he first arrived in York for a leadership camp — he didn’t know a soul except through phone conversations with several of us in the admissions office at the time. I believe an alum had pointed him in our direction. It was a rarity to have a student from Georgia, but Adam wanted to attend a small Christian college where he wouldn’t feel out of place. Nebraska was almost too far away from home; however, he was willing to give it a try . . . especially after he made quick friends during that first visit. He was a bit on the shy side, but he genuinely loved people and seemed to take it in stride that he was the center of attention with his pronounced southern accent. He will be greatly missed.”

By all accounts, Joseph McSween was a guy everyone loved. Always reliable, always dependable and someone who loved to serve his country. The Unites States Navy and the citizens of the United States of America owe this Sailor a debt of gratitude which could never be possibly repaid.

Today, Joseph lies in rest at Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska. He is remembered by some as a son, a brother, a husband and a father. He is remembered by us as an American Hero.



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