Sides, John, ADM

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Admiral
Primary Unit
1960-1963, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1925 - 1963
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Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1904
 
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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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deputy to the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense for guided missiles, Eger V. Murphree

   
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Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971) OFF 112X Captain
Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP)

RIVERO, Horacio, ADM, (1931-1972) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Paine, Jr., Roger Warde, RADM, (1939-1972) OFF 112X Commander
Parker, Edward Nelson, VADM, (1925-1963) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters

Harris, Hubert, LT, (1949-1969) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class

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