John J. Healy Sr., 89, of Havertown, a contractor in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, died Sunday, Aug. 24, of lymphoma at his home.
Born in Philadelphia, "Jack" Healy spent most of his life in the Merwood Park section of Havertown, where he attended St. Denis School. He graduated from West Catholic High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the Navy on July 9. He served as a medical corpsman during World War II.
While on Guam, he treated several survivors of the Indianapolis, a ship torpedoed by the Japanese in the South Pacific in July 1945 after dropping off parts for the atomic bomb. Of the 1,197 crewmen aboard, 300 went down with the ship; others spent five days afloat, fighting off sharks, dehydration, starvation, exposure, and delirium. Only 317 of those who went into the water survived."He never mentioned it until the Discovery Channel did a program on it," said his son, William. "But he didn't elaborate."