Back in Hamilton, he worked at Champion Papers International and was a well-known fast-pitch softball player, along with his brothers, Arthur and Merle. All three were inducted into the Butler County Softball Hall of Fame.
McSwain, a 1938 Hamilton High School graduate, served as a B-29 Engineer. It was Commander Paul Tibbets’ B-29s that delivered the death blow in the war with Japan.
When asked the keys to a long life, McSwain said: “Luck. I think you have to like life. I don’t understand how I got this old. I’d live forever if they let me.”
McSwain and his wife, Betty, who died 12 years ago, were very active in the local Church of Christ congregations, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder.
McSwain has three sons, Ronnie, 78, Gary, 72, and Michael, 66; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.