Sides, John, ADM

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1960-1963, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
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1925 - 1963

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Roslyn, WA

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 1978
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Throughout a distinguished naval career spanning nearly four decades, Admiral Sides contributed immensely to the field of weapons, specifically with regard to shipboard missile systems. The guided missile frigate Sides (FFG-14), the first ship so named in his honor, represents a most appropriate marriage of platform and namesake.

A native of Roslyn, Washington, Admiral Sides received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy, having graduated with distinction in the class of 1925. His early sea tours were served principally aboard battleships. While ashore he pursued development of his specialty - ordnance - First, in 1942, as Chief of Ammunition and explosive section of the Bureau of Ordnance; then in 1948 as Deputy to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Guided Missiles; in 1951 in the Office of the Director of Guided Missiles, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and, most notably, in 1952, as Director of the Guided Missile Division, Office of the CNO, from which he director the Navy's Guided Missile Efforts for almost four years.

Admiral Sides at sea commands include: Commander Mine Division Eight (1944), Commander Destroyer Squadron Forty-Seven (1945), USS ALBANY (1950), and Commander Cruiser Division Six (1956).

On August 31, 1960, he was appointed Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and served in that capacity until 1963 at which time he retired from active duty. He passed away April 3, 1978 leaving his spouse, the former Virginia E. Roach and daughter, Mrs. Joanne Savina Sides Watson.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)Bureau of Ordnance
USS Savannah (CL-42)DESRON 47, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)CNO - OPNAVUSS Albany (CA-123)
Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1921-1925, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1929, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1929-1931, USS John D. Edwards (DD-216)
  1931-1934, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1936, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1937-1939, Bureau of Ordnance
  1939-1940, USS Tracy (DD-214)
  1940-1942, USS Savannah (CL-42)
  1942-1944, Bureau of Ordnance
  1945-1947, DESRON 47, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1948-1950, CNO - OPNAV
  1950-1951, USS Albany (CA-123)
  1952-1956, CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1957, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1957-1960, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1960-1963, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Colleges Attended 
University of WashingtonUnited States Naval AcademyUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborNational War College
  1920-1921, University of Washington
  1921-1925, United States Naval Academy
  1933-1934, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  1947-1948, National War College
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