Harry Anthony Swan – Private First Class, United States Army


Courtesy of the New York Daily News

September 12, 2007:

Retired Passaic, New Jersey, Police Captain and U.S. Army Silver Star recipient Harry Anthony Swan, 86, the father of the New York Daily News online entertainment editor Lisa Swan, died peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas, of natural causes Monday.

At Swan’s side was his wife of 52 years, the former Marilyn Wells.

The World War II veteran was born in Passaic on March 13, 1921, the second of 14 children. During the war, his unit, G Company, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, engaged in ferocious action in battles in the Pacific.

His awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals and the Combat Infantry Badge.

When the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, Army General Douglas MacArthur selected Swan for his Honor Guard.

Swan served with distinction for 34 years as a Passaic police officer. In 1961, then-New Jersey Governor Robert Meyner awarded Swan the New Jersey Valor Award for rescuing 27 families from a tenement fire in Passaic.

Besides his wife and daughter Lisa, Swan is survived by two sons, Judge Michael Swan and Patrick Swan; another daughter, Karen Swan Foster, and four grandchildren.

There will be a wake tomorrow at Minchin Funeral Home in Paterson, New Jersey, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Clare Church in Clifton, New Jersey. Swan will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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