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  1. John S. McCain III (son) Joe McCain (son) Meghan McCain (granddaughter) John Sidney " Jack " McCain Jr. (January 17, 1911 – March 22, 1981) was a United States Navy admiral who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command . The son of a naval officer, McCain grew up in ...

    • 1931–1972
    • Admiral
  2. John S. McCain Jr., Writer: Seapower. John S. McCain Jr. was born on January 17, 1911 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA as John Sidney McCain Jr. He was a writer, known for Seapower (1964), The Fighting Lady (1944) and Firing Line (1966). He was married to Roberta Wright. He died on March 22, 1981 in in air over the North Atlantic.

    • Writer
    • January 17, 1911
    • John S. McCain Jr.
    • March 22, 1981
    • Early Years, Education and Family
    • World War II
    • "Mr. Seapower"
    • Vietnam War
    • Retirement and Death
    • Namesakes
    • Writings by McCain
    • Bibliography

    McCain was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His father, a junior officer on the armored cruiser USS Washington, was away at sea at the time, and his mother, the former Catherine Davey Vaulx, was traveling cross country to visit with her sister. He was called "Jack" by his family, although he would also be called "Junior" by others, which he preferred less. His family's history of military service extended beyond his father—his paternal uncle was U.S. Army Brigadier General William Alexander McCain. His family tree also had other people engaged in military service, back through many wars. McCain grew up at various naval stations where his father was posted and then in Northwest, Washington, D.C., going to local schools and working as a paperboy. His father was away on duty for much of his childhood, and his mother did much of the parenting.He graduated from Central High School in the district. McCain entered the United States Naval Academy in 1927, at age 16. He disliked the hazing trad...

    After the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, McCain would not see his family for long stretches. By now a lieutenant commander, McCain was assigned to command the submarine Gunnel, joining her in May 1942 for trials and seeing the boat commissioned in August 1942. Gunnel was deployed as part of the November 1942 invasion of French North Africa. Operating conditions for the five submarines sent there were not favorable, due to overcrowded waters, poor weather, and mixed-up signals, and the deployment had no accomplishments. Like many other U.S. submarines, Gunnel was attacked in error by friendly aircraft. The Hooven-Owens-Rentschler (H.O.R.) diesels (known as "whores") which powered Gunnel were troublesome; at one point while returning home, drive gears of all four of the main engines were out of commission, and McCain's crew had to rely on their tiny auxiliary engine for the last 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km). Gunnel went into the navy yard for an extensive refit and was replaced on pa...

    After the end of the war, McCain remained in the Navy and his family settled in Northern Virginia. He was assigned as Director of Records to the Bureau of Naval Personnel until early 1949. McCain published a January 1949 article in United States Naval Institute Proceedings that examined the training challenges the Navy faced in the nuclear era. He assumed command of Submarine Division 71 in the Pacific that year, sailing on the flagship Carp, which took him to a variety of naval stations and two exploratory cruises to extreme northern waters,adding to the knowledge of an increasingly important strategic area for submarine operations. From February through November 1950, McCain was executive officer of the heavy cruiser Saint Paul, and from June 1950 was involved in the early stages of the Korean War, joining Task Force 77to patrol the Formosa Strait. Now a captain, McCain was assigned to a series of posts at The Pentagon in alternation with various commands. He was Director of Under...

    In February 1967, McCain received his sought-after promotion to admiral (which became effective in May), and became Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR), stationed in London. At the change of command ceremony for the Eastern Sea Frontier post, held on his father's old flagship USS Wasp, McCain was awarded a gold star in lieu of a third Legion of Merit for his work during the U.N. assignment. As the Vietnam War escalated, McCain was a strong advocate for bringing Iowa-class battleships out of the United States Navy reserve fleets in order to support shore bombardment missions. He ordered a Naval Court of Inquiry to be convened following the June 1967 USS Liberty incident. McCain's son, naval aviator Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain III, became a prisoner of war in North Vietnam in October 1967, after being shot down and badly injured during a bombing raid over Hanoi. McCain's prominence made the downing of his son front-page news. McCain and his wife Robert...

    Admiral McCain retired on November 1, 1972.There was no ceremony, as it would have been redundant after the one that took place two months earlier in Hawaii; as one associate said, "He just didn't come to work today." McCain visited the White House in 1975 and discussed naval preparedness issues with President Gerald Ford. During the late 1970s, McCain sometimes acted as an advisor on military matters to Ronald Reagan, who was ramping up his third presidential candidacy. McCain also participated in a January 1978 traveling "Panama Canal Truth Squad", led by Senator Paul Laxalt, that sought Senate rejection of the Panama Canal Treaty; McCain felt that the eventual ceding of the canal to Panamanian control would endanger U.S. security and provide an opening to the Soviets in the region. But overall, McCain felt despair over his reluctant retirement from the United States Navy and fell into prolonged poor health. His son John felt his father's "long years of binge drinking" had caught...

    USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)was named for both Admirals McCain. McCain was written about extensively in his son John's 1999 memoir Faith of My Fathers. McCain was portrayed by actor Scott Glennin the 2005 television movie adaptation. Grandson John S. "Jack" McCain IV attended and graduated from the United States Naval Academyin 2009, the fourth-generation John S. McCain to do so.

    McCain, Jr., John S. (January 1949). "Where Do We Go From Here?". United States Naval Institute. pp. 47–52.
    McCain, Jr., John S. (January 1963). "Amphibious warfare during the next decade". United States Naval Institute. pp. 104–111.
    McCain, Jr., John S. (November 1, 1963). "New Four Ocean Challenge". Vital Speeches of the Day.
    McCain, Jr., John S. (1964). The New Four Ocean Challenge. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Office of the Special Assistant for Leadership Development.
    Alexander, Paul (2002). Man of the People: The Life of John McCain. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-22829-X.
    Blair, Jr., Clay (2001). Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-217-X.
    Cressman, Robert (2000). The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-149-1.
    Kissinger, Henry (2003). Ending the Vietnam War: A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-1532-X.
  3. John S. McCain Jr. John Sidney "Jack" McCain Jr. (January 17, 1911 – March 22, 1981) was a United States Navy admiral who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command.

  4. US Navy Admiral. The son of a four star Admiral, he would also rise to four-star Admiral rank, serving in World War II through the Vietnam War. Born the son of Navy officer John Sidney McCain Sr and Katherine Vaulx McCain in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1931, and married the former...

    • 22 Mar 1981 (aged 70)At Sea
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  5. John Sidney McCain, Jr. was an American admiral. McCain was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The family did not reside there though, McCain's mother was traveling to see her sisters and on the trip McCain was born. Like many children of Military parents, McCain's father was a Naval Officer, McCain grew up at various Naval Stations. He graduated ...

  6. John Sidney McCain, Jr. (January 17, 1911–March 22, 1981) was a four star admiral in the United States Navy. His father John S. McCain, Sr. was also a four star admiral in the Navy, and his son John S. McCain III is a US Senator representing Arizona and former Naval aviator Captain. Grandson John S. McCain IV is currently attending the United ...

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