CWO5 Sharon T. Swarthworth

CWO5 Sharon T. Swarthworth 1

CWO 5 SHARON T. SWARTWORTH - U.S. Army

Hometown / City: FAIRFAX, VA FAIRFAX (CITY)
Date of Death: Friday, November 7, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer, Five
Unit: OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ARMY PENTAGON, WASHINGTON, DC 20310

Birth: Nov. 8, 1959
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USAeath: Nov. 7, 2003, Iraq

Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Swartworth was the regimental warrant officer for the Judge Advocate General Office, Headquarters Department of the Army, Pentagon. She died when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was in was shot down by unknown enemy ordnance in Tikrit. Sharon grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, where she graduated from high school. In June 1999, she was selected as the warrant officer of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, serving as the primary adviser to the judge advocate general on all matters concerning legal administrators in the Army. She also was the operations director for legal technology in the office of the judge advocate general. On Sept. 11, 2001, Sharon avoided death in the terrorist attack at the Pentagon. She had moved out of her office in the military headquarters building while it was being renovated and was working out of temporary quarters. While she was still in the temporary office, the hijacked plane made a direct hit on the area where her Pentagon office had been located. A general who had occupied the office at the time was killed. Sharon had recently moved her family to Mililani, Hawaii, from Alexandria, Virginia, because of her husband's new assignment with the Navy. She was planning to retire there with her husband and 8-year-old son after returning from Iraq. Neighbors in Virginia remember Sharon as an avid runner, and a friendly and giving woman who helped organize and host neighborhood events. She was famous for organizing block parties and raising the bar on holiday decorations. Sharon is survived by her husband Capt. William J. Swartworth, Sr., and son.

Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 8129

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