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

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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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Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)

Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) Admiral
HOPWOOD, Herbert G., ADM, (1919-1960) Admiral
Sharp Jr., Ulysses S. Grant, ADM, (1928-1968) Admiral
Kauffman, Draper, RADM, (1929-1970) Captain
Cummings, Charles W, RADM, (1943-1974) Lieutenant Commander
Jefferis, Lawrence, CAPT, (1948-1979) Lieutenant
Lisa, Michael, CPO, (1943-1965) Chief Petty Officer
Browne, Steve, CPO, (1959-1979) Petty Officer Second Class
Whitehead, Richard, SCPO, (1956-1976) Petty Officer Second Class
Vejtasa, Stanley Winfield, CAPT, (1938-1970) OFF 131X Captain
Reid, David, CDR, (1938-1966) OFF 163X Commander
NEWCOME, Robert, CAPT, (1945-1973) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Bucher, Lloyd, CDR, (1945-1973) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Reiser, Richard, LT, (1962-1965) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Schweitzer, Robert James, CAPT, (1950-1974) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Steffens, Bobby, CWO3, (1961-1981) CT CT-9124 Chief Warrant Officer 3
Beauchemin, Lawrence, PO1, (1954-1974) AG AG-7412 Petty Officer First Class
HUMMEL, JAMES, CPO, (1957-1978) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer First Class
Millham, Earl, PO2, (1953-1964) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Quinones, Abel, MCPO, (1947-1977) PC PC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Geringer, Richard, MCPO, (1956-1985) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kiracofe, Les, PO2, (1958-1962) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Talley, William, SCPO, (1958-1982) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
VanFrachen, Ernest, CPO, (1956-1977) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Foshee, Arvis, PO1, (1959-1980) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McComas, Kenneth, PO1, (1957-1977) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Miller, Arthur, PO3, (1963-1968) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Scott, James, CPO, (1961-1985) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Troxel, Duane, PO3, (1961-1964) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hoff, Roger, S2c, (1959-1963) CTO CTO-0000 Seaman Second Class
Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) Admiral
Fischer, Harry Frederick, CAPT, (1935-1970) Captain

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