Scope and Content of Collection
Title: John Sidney McCain Papers
Collection number: 82114
McCain, John Sidney
5 manuscript boxes,
(1.9 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The John Sidney McCain papers 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
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], John Sidney McCain Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982
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of boxes listed in this finding aid.
|1884 August 9
||Born, Carroll County, Mississippi
||Student, University of Mississippi
||Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy,
||Commander, ensign, U.S. Navy
||Graduate, Naval War College
||Flight instructor (naval aviator), Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida
||Commanded the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-4)
||Served as Commander of Air Forces for Western Sea Frontier and the South Pacific Force
||Promoted through grades to Rear Admiral
||Promoted to Vice Admiral
|1942 September - 1943 July
||Chief, Bureau of Aeronautics
||Deputy Chief, naval operations for air, Commander, Carrier Task Force
||Rose to the rank of Vice Admiral as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
||Returned to the Pacific Theater as Commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force
||Earned the Navy Cross
||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
||Died, Carrollton, Mississippi
||Posthumously appointed Admiral effective that date
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers of John Sidney McCain, acquired by the Hoover Institution 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
The collection is organized into 3 series: Correspondence, United States Navy File, and Photographs
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
United States. Navy--Aviation.
United States. Navy. Carrier Task Force, Second
United States. Navy--Officers.
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.