Admiral, born 1911, died 1981
John S. McCain, Jr. was born in Council Bluffs, IA, the son of John S. McCain, Sr., who would go on to command the American carrier forces in the Pacific in World War II. McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1931.
During World War II, “Junior” McCain commanded two submarines, U.S.S. Gunnel, and U.S.S.Dentuda. Following the war, McCain filled a number of posts, including Chief of Naval Information; Commander, Amphibious Forces, Atlantic; Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier; Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and, finally, CINCPAC. He retired in 1972.
McCain was the younger half of the only father-son pair of full admirals in American naval history. His son, Captain John S. McCain III, was a third-generation Naval Academy graduate, naval aviator and, currently, is a United States senator from Arizona and Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Admiral McCain passed away in 1981.