McCain, John Sidney “Slew”

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McCain, John Sidney “Slew” born, on 09-08-1884 Carroll County, was a U.S. Navy Admiral. With U.S. entry into World War I, McCain served on convoyduty in the Atlantic, escorting shipping through the first dangerous leg of their passages to Europe. Based on Tompkinsville New York, and Halifax, the San Diego operated in the weather-torn, submarine-infested North Atlantic. McCain left the San Diego in May 1918, two months before she was sunk, when he was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Navy appointed McCain as Commander, Aircraft, South Pacific in May 1942. On 30-10-1944 McCain assumed command of TF 38. He retained command of the fast carrier task force that he led through the Battle of Okinawa and raids on the Japanese mainland. (Did you know).  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. His operations off the Philippines and Okinawa, and air strikes against Formosa and the Japanese home islands, caused tremendous destruction of Japanese naval and air forces in the closing period of the war. He was the father of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.; they became the first father-son pair ever to achieve four star admiral rank in the U.S. Navy. He was the grandfather of U.S. Senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John S. McCain III, and the great-grandfather of John S. McCain IV. All four graduated from the United States Naval Academy. He died four days after the formal Japanese surrender ceremony, on 06-09-1945, age 61 of a heart attack, in Carroll County Mississipi.

Death and burial ground of McCain, John Sidney “Slew”.

John McCain Sr. is buried with his wife Katherine, born Vaux, who died age 81, on 29-05-1959, on Arlington National Cemetery in Section 3. C


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