John S. McCain, Jr.

John S. McCain, Jr.

United States Admiral
Born Jan 17, 1911

John Sidney "Jack" McCain Jr. was a United States Navy admiral, who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command. McCain grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931, after which he entered the submarine service.… Read More


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John S. McCain, Jr..


1911 Birth Born on January 17, 1911.


1927 16 Years Old McCain entered the United States Naval Academy in 1927, at age 16. … Read More


1931 20 Years Old He graduated in 1931, finishing 423rd out of 441 in class rank, eighteenth from the bottom. … Read More
1934 23 Years Old …  In 1934, McCain was praised for loyalty and for performing his duties very well, but his fitness report said he suffered from nervousness, and he was treated for weight loss at Pearl Harbor Naval Hospital. … Read More
1938 27 Years Old From 1938 to 1940, he returned to the Naval Academy for a stint of teaching electrical engineering to midshipmen. … Read More
1940 29 Years Old In 1940 and early 1941, he sailed in the more modern Skipjack (commanded by Larry Freeman) as part of the Pacific Fleet's SubDiv 15, under Captain Ralph Christie.


1941 - 1942 3 More Events
On March 18, 1944, on patrol off Tawi Tawi, the main Japanese fleet anchorage in the Philippines, McCain got another shot at a carrier. … Read More
1949 38 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1950 39 Years Old 1 More Event
From February through November 1950, McCain was executive officer of the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul, and from June 1950 was involved in the early stages of the Korean War, joining Task Force 77 to patrol the Formosa Strait.


1958 47 Years Old 1 More Event
McCain was promoted to rear admiral in November 1958.
1960 49 Years Old From 1960 to 1962, McCain held commands in the Atlantic, including Amphibious Group 2 and Amphibious Training, and served on Taconic and Mount McKinley.


1962 51 Years Old He was Chief of Naval Information from 1962 to 1963, initiating the post and garnering influence with the Washington press that would aid his career.
1963 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the April 1963 loss of the nuclear submarine Thresher, he explained to the public why the search for the wreckage would be lengthy and difficult, and defended the Navy against charges that it had been tardy in disclosing details of the disaster.
1964 53 Years Old Later in 1964, McCain commanded the Operation Steel Pike exercise off the coast of Spain, which was the largest amphibious landing ever in peacetime; he would be awarded be a gold star in lieu of a Legion of Merit for this operation. … Read More
1965 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1965, McCain led the United States invasion of the Dominican Republic as commander of Task Force 124, which maintained a military occupation until civil unrest had ended. … Read More
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. … Read More
1968 57 Years Old In April 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, McCain was named by President Johnson as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command (CINCPAC), effective in July 1968, stationed in Honolulu and commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater. … Read More
1969 58 Years Old 1 More Event
When the Nixon Administration took office in January 1969, the secret National Security Study Memorandum 1 collected views of top officials on the prospects for President Richard Nixon's policy of Vietnamization. … Read More
McCain did not give much credence to the anti-Vietnam War movement; in reaction to the popular slogan "Make love, not war," he told a 1970 Naval Academy class that they were part of a fraternity "whose members are men enough to do both."


1971 60 Years Old 1 More Event
When Lon Nol suffered a stroke in early 1971, he recuperated at McCain's guesthouse in Honolulu. … Read More
In March 1972, the Nixon administration announced Admiral Noel Gayler as McCain's successor as CINCPAC, despite McCain's unheeded request to Nixon to have his tour extended so that he could see the war to its conclusion.
1975 - 1978 2 More Events
1981 70 Years Old 1 More Event
He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on March 27, 1981. … Read More