John Sr.

United States admiral John Sr.

John Sidney "Slew" McCain Sr. was a U.S. Navy admiral. He held several command assignments during the Pacific campaign of World War II. McCain was a pioneer of aircraft carrier operations who in 1942 commanded all land-based air operations in support of the Guadalcanal campaign, and who ultimately in 1944–1945 aggressively led the Fast Carrier Task Force, in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 60
    He requested home leave to recuperate but Halsey insisted that he be present at the Japanese surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
    By war's end in August 1945, the stress of combat operations had worn McCain down to a weight of only 100 pounds.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1944
    Age 59
    On October 30, 1944 McCain assumed command of Task Force 38 (TF 38).
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    McCain returned to combat in the Pacific in August 1944 with his appointment as commander of a carrier group in Marc Mitscher's Task Force 58 (TF 58), part of Raymond Spruance's Fifth Fleet.
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  • 1943
    Age 58
    In August 1943, he became Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air with the rank of vice admiral.
  • 1941
    Age 56
    After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Navy appointed McCain as Commander, Aircraft, South Pacific in May 1942.
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    In January 1941, after promotion to rear admiral, he commanded the Aircraft Scouting Force of the Atlantic Fleet.
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  • 1936
    Age 51
    Graduating at 52 in 1936, he became one of the oldest men to become a naval aviator and from 1937 to 1939 he commanded the aircraft carrier the.
  • 1935
    Age 50
    In 1935, McCain enrolled in flight training.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 33
    McCain left the San Diego in May 1918, two months before she was sunk, when he was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation.
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  • 1915
    Age 30
    In September 1915, he joined the armored cruiser USS San Diego, flagship for the Pacific Fleet.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1914
    Age 29
    During 1914 and 1915 he was executive officer and engineering officer aboard the armored cruiser USS Colorado, patrolling off the Pacific coast of then-troubled Mexico.
  • 1907
    Age 22
    Soon after earning his commission, McCain sailed aboard the Great White Fleet's world cruise from 1907 to 1909, joining the battleship for the last stretch home.
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  • 1906
    Age 21
    At the Naval Academy, his performance was lackluster. He failed his annual physical on account of defective hearing, but the condition was waived due to the great need for officers. When he graduated in 1906, he ranked 79 out of 116 in his class, and the yearbook labeled him "The skeleton in the family closet of 1906."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1884
    Born
    Born on August 9, 1884.
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