John S. McCain Jr.

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John S. McCain Jr.

Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr.

Birth name
John Sidney McCain Jr.


(1911-01-17)January 17, 1911
Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.

March 22, 1981(1981-03-22) (aged 70)
In air over North Atlantic

Buried at
Arlington National Cemetery

 United States of America

 United States Navy

Years of service


retirement in 1972

Commands held
USS Gunnel (SS-253)
USS Dentuda (SS-335)
Submarine Squadron 6
USS Albany (CA-123)
Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet
Eastern Sea Frontier
Atlantic Reserve Fleet
U.S. Naval Forces Europe
U.S. Pacific Command

World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star

Roberta McCain

Adm. John S. McCain Sr. (father)
Sen. John S. McCain III (son)

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.
McCain grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931, after which he entered the submarine service. In World War II, he commanded submarines in several theaters of operation, was responsible for sinking several Japanese ships, and was decorated with both the Silver Star and Bronze Star. After the war, he held a variety of commands, specializing in amphibious warfare. He led the 1965 U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. He also served in several posts in Washington, including the Legislative Affairs Office and Chief of Naval Information, where he became influential in political affairs. He was a staunch anti-Communist, and was such an advocate of the importance of a strong naval presence that he became known as “Mr. Seapower”.
During the Vietnam War, McCain was Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command (CINCPAC), commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater from 1968 to 1972. He was a stalwart supporter of President Richard Nixon’s policy of Vietnamization. McCain played a significant role in the militarization of U.S. policy towards Cambodia, helping to convince Nixon to launch the 1970 Cambodian Incursion and establishing a personal relationship with Cambodian leader Lon Nol. McCain was also a proponent of the 1971 incursion into Laos. McCain retired from the Navy i