McCain, John Sidney “Slew”.

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McCain, John Sidney “Slew” born, on 09-08-1884 Carroll County, the son of the plantation owners and sheriff John Sidney McCain (1851-1934) and Elizabeth Ann, born Young (1855-1922). John attended college and the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1906. He was the nephew of General Henry Pinckney McCain, brother of General William Alexander McCain, father of Admiral John S. McCain Jr. and grandfather of former Captain and US presidential candidate John McCain. On 09-08-1909 he married Catherine Davey Vaulx (1876-1959). He became an 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.

The Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 38 when assigned to Third Fleet, TF 58 when assigned to Fifth Fleet) was the main striking force of the United States Navy in the Pacific War from January 1944 through the end of the war in August 1945. The task force was made up of several separate task groups, each typically built around three to four aircraft carriers and their supporting vessels. The support vessels were screening destroyers, cruisers, and the newly built fast battleships

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.

During the Vietnam War, he was commander of the US Pacific Command from 1968 to 1972. During that time, his son John S. McCain III

was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for over five years.

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


However, 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 up with him, despite a mostly successful later recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.

McCain died of a heart attack on a military aircraft en route from Europe on 22-03-1981, with his wife at his side Cemetery on 27-03-1981. 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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