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  • Title: John Sidney McCain papers next hit
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1945
    Collection Number: 82114
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes (2.0 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: The previous hit John Sidney McCain papers next hit consist of correspondence, reports, dispatches, orders, and photographs relating to American naval aviation and to naval operations in the Pacific Theater during World War II. John Sidney McCain was an admiral in the United States Navy and a Commander of the Second Carrier Task Force in World War II. He was awarded Navy Cross for his heroism and the Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars for exceptional service
    Creator: McCain, John Sidney, 1884-1945
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1982

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], previous hit John Sidney McCain Papers next hit , [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical Note

    1884 August 9 Born, Carroll County, Mississippi
    1901-1902 Student, University of Mississippi
    1906 Commander, ensign, U.S. Navy
      Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy,
    1920 Graduate, Naval War College
    1935-1936 Flight instructor (naval aviator), Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida
    1937-1939 Commanded the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-4)
    1939 Served as Commander of Air Forces for Western Sea Frontier and the South Pacific Force
    1941 Promoted through grades to Rear Admiral
    1943 July Promoted to Vice Admiral
    1942 September - 1943 July Chief, Bureau of Aeronautics
    1943 July Deputy Chief, naval operations for air, Commander, Carrier Task Force
    1943 August Rose to the rank of Vice Admiral as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
    1944 Earned the Navy Cross
      Returned to the Pacific Theater as Commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force
    1945 Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars for outstanding performance as an air planner and carrier task force commander and awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry
    1945 September 2 Witnessed the Japanese surrender on board U.S.S. Missouri
    1945 September 6 Posthumously appointed Admiral effective that date
      Died, Carrollton, Mississippi

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The previous hit papers of John Sidney McCain , acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1982, deal with United States naval aviation and naval operations in the Pacific theater during Second World War.
    The papers have been organized into three series. Correspondence includes letters, of a both official and personal nature, with names of some prominent correspondents mentioned and arranged chronologically. The United States Navy File covers air distribution lists, dispatches, orders, and operating procedures relating to American naval operations particularly in the Pacific region. Last but not the least are the photographs divided by the creator generally into groups including the date, the location, and the names of photographers.
    The original order of the McCain papers has been maintained and security- classified documents have been pulled out of the collection.


    The collection is organized into 3 series: Correspondence, United States Navy File, and Photographs

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations
    United States. Navy
    United States. Navy. Carrier Task Force, Second