Descendants of William Sweeny of Chester, PA

Chester, PA, near Philadelphia, is no longer the best area to live, but used to be a thriving city where many of my ancestors originated from.

Descendants of Anthony Chamness

Chamness Family of Williamson County, Illinois

The Death of Sergeant James Alfred Taylor

Cape Charles, Virginia police sergeant dies from a gunshot would trying to capture a killer.

John Sweeny of Lewes, Sussex, Delaware

John Sweeny could be the father of William Sweeny of Chester, PA. John's will leaves William out, but does that mean he is not his father?

Free Pedigree Chart - 5 Generation

Free 5 Generation Pedigree Chart...

2010 Family Reunion Photographs

The 2010 Sweeny Family Reunion pictures are now posted, click here. Internet Explorer may not work well with viewing the photos, so please us another browser. Thanks

Paul Sweeny and The USS Pheasant




Pictured here Paul Sweeny and the USS Tide sinking off Normandy during the invasion ( 7 June 1944) with the USS Pheasant off to the right and USS PT-509 to the left (the USS Threat is taking the photo). The USS Tide was hit by a mine off of Normandy.


Paul enlisted in the Navy in Philadelphia after graduating from High School in 1943. He served in the Navy from 1943 until 1946. He was on the USS Pheasant #AM 61. This was a mine sweeper that went ahead of the naval ships sweeping the waters for mines that the enemy laid as traps for the approaching Navy ships.Paul had the rank of P.O. 2nd Class (Petty Officer) and was a signal man. He used flags to communicate between ships from the bridge. Each flag was a different letter, number, or signal flag. He also used light for visual contact between ships, using Morris Code of a combination of dots & dashes. They landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion of France. Other places that his ship was include: Normandy Beach (next to Omaha Beach); The Mediterranean Ocean; African Invasion; Invasion of Italy; to Marseillaise, France; Southern Invasion of France; on through the Panama Canal to California. He was sent back to Philadelphia, Pa for discharge from the Navy in 1946.


Special Thanks to Ruth Sweeny

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