Sverre Bach was born in a small town in eastern North Dakota. He served on Intrepid in 1944 as an F6F pilot in VF- 6 before volunteering to go to VBF-17 aboard Hornet. Bach was aboard Intrepid when the ship was struck by a torpedo at Truk, and he flew numerous missions during the war. After the war ended he continued his career in the Navy, serving a total of 32 years and rising to the rank of captain. Some of the positions he held were: flight instructor in Pensacola, Assistant CIC Officer aboard USS Valley Forge, squadron commander of VA-106, and Air Boss on USS Independence. Bach then served in BUPERS and the National War College, before commanding the USS Denebola, working at the Joint Staff, and commanding the USS Guadalcanal. He returned to the National War College for three more years before retiring in 1974.